My Dream Ant Farm: Leafcutter Ants

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  • Published: 04 November 2017
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    This is an ant keeping hobbyist's dream! The ant farm in this video is something I have absolutely fantasized about having as a kid! In this vlog, we explore the incredible, mind-blowing Atta sp. exhibit of the Espace pour la vie Montreal Insectarium. The exhibit houses a 7 yr old colony of leafcutter ants living in acrylic containers and a network of branches, flowers, and plants.

    What makes the exhibit so amazing is that the setup allows for the display of the leafcutter ant workers' foraging behaviours, where they seek out plat matter, cut up the selected leaves and flowers, and carry these huge plants pieces back to the nest where they proceed to chew them up and cultivate the most impressive fungus gardens, which nourish the entire ant colony. We explore in this video just how spectacular these ants and this setup are! Hope you enjoy an epic ant geeking out session!

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Comments • 5 361

  • Calvin John Rogero
    Calvin John Rogero  2 hours back

    Meron din kayang leafcutter ants dito sa Pilipinas... May nakita ako marami dito samin sa puno ng manga. Btw I'm from Cebu

    • Sugarcoated Slaughterhouse

      Some people live their whole lives without ever finding something they’re truly passionate about. This guy does not have that problem!

      • TROLL TROLL
        TROLL TROLL  23 hours back

        Are you filipino?

        • Robert Chavez
          Robert Chavez  1 days back

          Philippines Everybody?

          • Nathan Jhous Pegi
            Nathan Jhous Pegi  1 days back

            Is that you Mickey Bustos?

            • Hey bye
              Hey bye  2 days back

              Its 2am in the morning and im watching
              Ants.

              • Thien Nguyen
                Thien Nguyen  2 days back

                I just went to the Museum of Science in Boston and they have a newish Leafcutter exhibit! We were told original setup was in 2016 but moisture issues forced them to take it down and update it with a second colony while the first one recovers. Since it's pretty new the windows into the colony are clear and I got to see a few big ol' majors. Unfortunately the colony is in the Butterfly Garden so costs $6 on top of entrance ticket. Still worth it!

                • Alex Stenz
                  Alex Stenz  3 days back

                  Fire ants

                  • Lyricdavilogy Ld
                    Lyricdavilogy Ld  4 days back

                    I’m just curious, do you have , or did you already do Jumping Jack ant?

                    • Lyricdavilogy Ld
                      Lyricdavilogy Ld  4 days back

                      Lol 01:00 ant 🐜 carrying an ant, go figure.

                      • Jack M
                        Jack M  4 days back

                        Seriously this guys passion for ants, make me smile! So cool too see

                        • Ghumvat President
                          Ghumvat President  4 days back

                          Sinong pinooooy!

                          • Ghumvat President
                            Ghumvat President  4 days back

                            Leafcutter ants thats my Favorite!

                            • founder marc poh
                              founder marc poh  5 days back

                              Wait wait wait. You have ant farm here in Manila Philippines?

                              • 20PINKluvr
                                20PINKluvr  5 days back

                                Knew youd go nuts over it. I watched this in an ant documentary and found how they made this is really neat. I'd love to see it myself. This was actually a rescued colony that was in danger of being destroyed during a construction project in south America. They were able to find the queen, along with a bucketful of workers, and transported them to this facility to make the colony

                                • ataarono
                                  ataarono  5 days back

                                  Leaf cutters are fking huuuge

                                  • Anthony Lovato
                                    Anthony Lovato  6 days back

                                    In Albuquerque New Mexico in the United States at the aquarium there is a leaf cutter ant colony that goes around the building of the insect area it's freaking huge I'm pretty neat and it goes through tubes that have branches that grow inside of other insect tanks need to check it out I messaged you about it one time in the past if you're ever in the area you would love it

                                    • emily shale
                                      emily shale  6 days back

                                      I could watch ants for hours so beautiful and organised and relaxing x

                                      • Pedro Rodrigues
                                        Pedro Rodrigues  6 days back

                                        👋 hey look 👀 at us in place called earth 🌏. Awake 🤔

                                        • Kim Quezada
                                          Kim Quezada  6 days back

                                          Mickey Bustos??ikaw po ito🤔🤗

                                          • MST O' Mailly
                                            MST O' Mailly  6 days back

                                            How do they (the zoo) keep leaves on the tree, if the ants are able to strip the trees in just a few hours? Do they replace the trees regularly?

                                            • Blacksáber Predator
                                              Blacksáber Predator  6 days back

                                              your reaction is like Me in aWorld War II museum

                                              • Patar
                                                Patar  7 days back

                                                Ants are cool

                                                • 雪風
                                                  雪風  7 days back

                                                  An AntCanada vedio that is actully in Canada

                                                  • Jams
                                                    Jams  1 weeks back

                                                    Such pure content, I am such an awful person.

                                                    • Border_Collie7
                                                      Border_Collie7  1 weeks back

                                                      This is a weird hobby I don’t understand it 😂

                                                      • Kristi St. Clair
                                                        Kristi St. Clair  1 weeks back

                                                        Omg I've been here and seen this set up and its amazing! I spent like half an hour just watching these guys!!!!! It was beautifully amazing!

                                                        • Ernest Lam
                                                          Ernest Lam  1 weeks back

                                                          https://youtu.be/y8Ce5I1nu3c

                                                          • Alekseyev
                                                            Alekseyev  1 weeks back

                                                            #FireNationTwitch

                                                            • Earl joseph
                                                              Earl joseph  1 weeks back

                                                              What sup mick keep up the good work

                                                              • Crazy Gaming
                                                                Crazy Gaming  1 weeks back

                                                                Use those ants to get canada trash in the philippines

                                                                • N. Anurup Reddy Anurup
                                                                  N. Anurup Reddy Anurup  1 weeks back

                                                                  lanch code

                                                                  • Edwin Calero
                                                                    Edwin Calero  1 weeks back

                                                                    The sompopos are my friends......
                                                                    🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜🌻

                                                                    • Galaxygamer
                                                                      Galaxygamer  1 weeks back

                                                                      I live in the philippines to if i don't even get 50 subs i don't care cause you inspired me to build a fire ant colony just with out the queen

                                                                      • Local 420
                                                                        Local 420  1 weeks back

                                                                        What about army ants or are they to much ta handle in captivity

                                                                        • Jacob Barber
                                                                          Jacob Barber  1 weeks back

                                                                          The fire nation

                                                                          • Bitch Face
                                                                            Bitch Face  2 weeks back

                                                                            Yes

                                                                            • Peanutz
                                                                              Peanutz  2 weeks back

                                                                              disclaimer. as a Canadian.... Everyone but the francophones (Montreal citizens) HATES the french fries. they are very ignorant and stuck up. beautiful city horrible people. but ehh they have a sick ant museum and GREAT poutine.

                                                                              • Álvaro Brandón
                                                                                Álvaro Brandón  2 weeks back

                                                                                Are this ants rare? They are all over the place in my country, I even think I have a massive colony beneath my house

                                                                                • Iori Nagase
                                                                                  Iori Nagase  2 weeks back

                                                                                  Hi! I'm from Philippines!😘

                                                                                  • 책략
                                                                                    책략  1 weeks back

                                                                                    Hi im from korea!

                                                                                • 4SLUMS7 Anarchy
                                                                                  4SLUMS7 Anarchy  2 weeks back

                                                                                  An ant crawled through my phone

                                                                                  • Yonata Kimochi
                                                                                    Yonata Kimochi  2 weeks back

                                                                                    in Indonesia, We called them Angkrang 😀

                                                                                    • Moisés Magalhães
                                                                                      Moisés Magalhães  2 weeks back

                                                                                      the young queen have wings, they are fertilized when flying, the males die after they deliver all the genetic material to them, the new queen go to the ground, pull their wings off and start a new colony, in the beginning the new queen farm your own fungus, she got a start culture from the old nest, how can this museum prevent this? they are very smart when they are flying

                                                                                      • Paula Lobo
                                                                                        Paula Lobo  2 weeks back

                                                                                        Instead of working out I’m doing this

                                                                                        • Xarnrax YouTube
                                                                                          Xarnrax YouTube  2 weeks back

                                                                                          #montreal!!

                                                                                          • Rainier Chris Sanchez
                                                                                            Rainier Chris Sanchez  2 weeks back

                                                                                            Ants canda is mikey bustos

                                                                                            • CaydenDragon Dollarhide

                                                                                              Queen ant - don’t be so lazy keep working

                                                                                              Worker ants - you sit their all day

                                                                                              Queen ant - I have to lay eggs!

                                                                                              Worker ants - oh yeah

                                                                                              Queen ant - I’m the smart one

                                                                                              Worker ants - I want a different Queen ant

                                                                                              Queen ant - your not getting a new one

                                                                                              4 days later..

                                                                                              Jake the human - steps on ant farm

                                                                                              Worker ants + lives

                                                                                              Queen ant + dies

                                                                                              Worker ants - yay

                                                                                              Jack the worker ant - lol we da smart ones

                                                                                              Worker ants - let’s find a new Queen

                                                                                              Queen ant - hey looking for a colony

                                                                                              Worker ants - yes

                                                                                              Queen ant - join my colony

                                                                                              Worker ants - ok

                                                                                              THE END

                                                                                              • Giorgio Piatti
                                                                                                Giorgio Piatti  2 weeks back

                                                                                                I'm learning English just to see the fantastic video charts