What To Do When Your First Worker Arrives – AntsCanada Tutorial #20 [HD]

What To Do When Your First Worker Arrives – AntsCanada Tutorial #20 [HD]

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hello, andAntsCanada here once again bringing you another random and helpful tutorial on ants now we’ve created a tutorial on Catching your own queens during nuptial flight We’ve created a tutorial on how [to] create a test Tube setup for them And now this tutorial is about what to do when The first worker equals is you know it’s a very exciting event especially if you are First-time ant Keeping parents, I guess you know it’s really exciting you’ve Essentially watched your queen over the several weeks lay her eggs Care for the Young you know the larvae turn into pupae and you know the painstaking Waiting period ah so hard. I know don’t worry and one day you realize you have your first worker ant So we’ve had several messages Asking us what to do when you have you know your first worker? It’s very exciting because it’s essentially the beginning of a complete colony, so essentially You want to stay calm? You know pop the champagne Do what you want celebrate when you first have? Your workers, but you want to stay calm You still want to keep the colony relatively undisturbed if you’re keeping them in a test Tube setup You know you don’t have to touch them or feed them right away what I like to do is I like to wait until Two or three workers have you enclosed? I’m assuming that there are other people developing So what I tend to do is I usually wait about a week Before I do anything you know and it’s fine the ants don’t starve to death they don’t do anything but what that does what the week does is it allows the workers the newly enclosed workers to Fully Harden You know their exoskeleton is still relatively soft when they first [eclose] I found if you even if you try feeding the ants Two or three days after the close? Oftentimes, they will reject food. You know even liquid food for that matter. I suspect that it’s because Maybe their mouthparts or even their internal parts are still I guess hardening or developing or who knows? But it seems that they tend to reject food for the first few days They don’t starve so don’t worry about that now after a week what I’ll do is. I’ll feed them liquid food So I’ll give them a drop of honey Which is almost always readily accepted of course the Queen will also benefit [from] that honey because if you were keeping a fully claustral Species event she would have been fasting that whole period so she’s depending on these first workers to give her sustenance then if it still seems like the ants are Restless they’re pulling at the cotton trying to get out you know after a few days of [having] their honey I’ll proceed to give them a cricket leg or something small a small piece [of] insect or protein source you know that they can have if you have access [to] fruit flies by all means use those now try not to use flies from outside because This is a danger of pesticides which you don’t want to have to deal with especially this being a young colony Eventually you know within two weeks the colony should be feeding healthily For the most part again, you know answer there’s so many different kinds of ants. They all have different needs and and even within the same species every colony can have a behavior of their own have a sort of master mind of their own, so essentially you just kind of have to read them and By the time you have a nice group of workers going. That’s usually a good time to move them from the test Tube to a formicarium Now if you’ve raised them right off the bat in a formicarium like any of our AntsCanada formic area Then you essentially don’t have to worry because your whole [setup] will already be done you can attach the formicarium to an out world already, and you know when the ants are ready, they’ll Venture out into the out world to go eat [and] if you like, you can even deposit a drop of honey Inside the formicarium for them to drink you know And so yeah in terms of water you want to make sure They’re set up always has you know moisture. If it’s a test Tube setup [allow] them to move into a new setup if The test Tube setup that the written is moldy or dry, and if they’re in a formicarium of course be sure to properly hydrate the formicarium and Place a test Tube full of water into the out world So that’s essentially it you know if your ants aren’t eating in the first few days Like I said don’t worry [the] ants can the ants can last a few days without food for a little while. That’s all and Good luck on all your ants That you’re keeping for those of you who have captured [queen] Dia lates this year Congratulations [and] for the first time antkeepers congratulations You know it’s certainly an exciting thing an exciting process to watch and I know a lot of you right now are at the stage where your [Queens] our founding colonies right now. They’re in the initial founding stage Which is great and I know most of us out [there] will have Hibernation coming up, and it’s definitely another phase that our colonies will be moving into very soon we’ll be creating more videos on that later as hibernation season approaches Thanks again spread the [ant] love take care guys. Thanks for the support. Bye


  1. can I fill a large aquarium half way with dirt from outside where I find her and make a realistic set up, and instead of her digging in the ground and making her own colony after nuptial flight I could put her in there and she could dig in there?

  2. mine hatch after 2-3 weeks. Shocked me quite badly. I didnt have enough time to prepare for the meals

  3. That's like torture! "It is your ant worker's birthday! First step to have a good birthday, is NOT TO CELEBRATE IT!"

  4. Isn't the new prof pic the Formica pic from the website? I'm a new keeper I've been watching for quite a while and I was late but luckily right at the end I caught a Formica queen, I can't really tell but it looks like some of the larvae are spinning themselves a cacoon, as one is orangey which with other insects it tends to mean the larvae is halfway-almost done and about to hatch!

  5. Even though the workers are only a few days old do you still need to give them food for the larvae to develop? will the queen accept it?

  6. What type of ants are where i am? Im in north carolina and the ants are house hold ants (usually go into houses for some food). They are not little black ants i know, but i really dont know what they are. I've found them under rocks and ant hills.

  7. i remember the moment that i got my first scientist. the ants were so hyped and they ate him within a few days. the next time i visited the outisde i got more of them, and now they are living in harmony. although i have the feeling that ants are observing the scientists more than the other way around. why htis is occuring im not sure, but i will give u guys updates on it.

  8. 4 of my workers have died. They are doing really bad in a test tube, so I'm gonna give them a small formicarium with an outworld. After that I'm going to leave them with sugar water and or honey which they love and occasionally give them some protein with Dubia roaches. I'm scared because my queen hasn't laid a single egg, most likely from all of these stressful things going on. After I get them settled in how long do you think it will take before the queen will start reproducing again? I have Formica Subsericea I believe. I pulled them out from hibernation a month early-ish by accident because I'm horrible with time. I'm also worried that the workers are getting old, as one of them fainted yesterday and looked dead but jumped up when the queen stepped on it. If all the workers die, is it possible to still save the queen by feeding her honey and protein? My home made outworld was horrible and caused 3 casualties. The 4th worker disappeared with no trace and never came back.

  9. Hi I wanted to know what to feed your ants when you can not buy bugs because where I live I can not buy bug and where I live they also spray bug poison a lot so I do not know what to do Please help

  10. i didnt feed them honey as they didnt want to eat it but i fed them a half a cricket and they enjoyed it but do i feed them honey?

  11. I just checked on my carpenter ant queen and she had three workers (first queen, very excited) but what should I do now, how do I feed the ants when they are in test tubes, when should I move them into a formicarium? I don't want to mess up my first ant colony

  12. Who's getting ants tomorrow and hasn't done any research till it gets late and is watching as many youtube vids as possible to learn what the best thing to do is

  13. How many eggs does a queen lay because my queen got stressed out and ended up eating four eggs. I've since moved her to an entirely new formicarium which she seems to have taken a liking too.

  14. Mine won't eat honey or sugar water or fruit what can I do I've tried nectar but I don't think they like that either

  15. I got a Queen ant yesterday for my birthday, (Im sorry to say it was shipped…via van but still…) and today the test tube looked a little dirty and a lot of water was gone, so i decided to change the test tube. As i was taping the two tubes together i noticed the queen was huddled in the corner. I didn't really think anything of it. When i covered the other tube and turned on the light to get the queen to move, i noticed something green looking. i panicked because I thought it was a pesticite or something but as I looked at it I realised it was actually my FIRST BABY ANT! so i turned off the light and covered both tubes for the baby ant to recover. That was like 5 minutes ago when i'm writing this.

    I CAN'T BELIEVE AFTER ONE DAY I GOT MY FIRST BABY!!! I wasn't even hoping for one for another few weeks!

  16. How do I feed my ants when they are in the test tube? I don't want any of them escaping andthat seems like it could be easy when the tube gets pretty full

  17. great video, answered a lot of my questions. It does seem a little buried in the channel, probably because it's almost a decade old!

  18. Thank you so much for this awesome tutorial!!!
    I was getting so frustrated when my nanatics were not drinking honey 😁

  19. Uhh when i put a dead small grasshopper leg in the tube, should i PANIC? Because the queen always put the leg next to the wet cotten. So i think of something bad will happen. Im worried because i think it might mix the wet cotten with the grasshopper leg and make the water and the cotten into some kind of dirty water

  20. Is it just me or just it seem like the nuptial flights arent just annual. I always see them happening after rains with a hot day after here in australia

  21. Just found your channel! Getting tips from you from 9 years ago. I like how you have not deleted you first vids I can see how the quality has changed and now it’s like a damn tv show I love it. Gonna go hunting with my 6 year old today we have been watching your videos like they are discover channels. I find them actually a bit more injoyable that is just be the. Peace and love from Cali brotha!

  22. This year during September, the queen's came on rong day so only got one. But my queen now nearly has its first worker. This is my first time taking care of ants

  23. I’ve been interested in the hobby for a long time, and just yesterday my first ever worker emerged!!! So exciting.

  24. Awesome! My first worker emerged today after waiting 2 months! I had a fire ant queen setup get to this stage once but I didn't know about the test tube method then and they couldn't find their food and died shortly after….so I'm hoping for better results this time 🙏. Not sure what species it is exactly but I know a lot that it isn't. Maybe it's an acrobat ant or a pavement ant? It's black and there aren't many black ants in North Florida that I know of. Anyways…cool! Thanks for the tutorials! 😎

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