The Billion Ant Mega Colony and the Biggest War on Earth

  • Published: 29 September 2019
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    In nearly every corner of the Earth, ants wage war against each other. Their weapons are what nature gave them. Some have strong armour, deadly stingers or sharp mandibles. And then there is this tiny, and not very impressive ant. But it rules the biggest empire any ant has ever built. A colony spanning continents and fighting wars that leave millions of casualties. Let’s take a look at this unlikely warrioress: Linepithema humile, the Argentine ant.

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    • benefication
      benefication  4 days back

      where are the ant videos!! it's been a while and in the first one you mentioned a whole series!

    • Dropit
      Dropit  1 weeks back

      For every 120 workers there is one queen ....
      You are saying that ants know how to count ?

    • MelankHolicO7w7r HispanoSAD
      MelankHolicO7w7r HispanoSAD  2 weeks back

      Spanish Lyrics Please

    • Alexandr Kovalsky
      Alexandr Kovalsky  2 weeks back

      Ehy there is no subtitles for the video?

    • Ivan Dalmasso
      Ivan Dalmasso  3 weeks back

      When are they going to put the subtitles in Spanish? (no offense)

  • Spider World
    Spider World  50 minutes back

    Or the need to go to the washroom can make other ants die

    • กิตติพศ สิทธิฤกษ์

      Help translate into Thai

      • 10831이지민
        10831이지민  3 hours back

        제발 누가 여기 한국어 자막좀 달아주세요........

          TOAST WITH MOTION  5 hours back

          Basically they are Russia

          • Libera Sapientia
            Libera Sapientia  7 hours back

            argentina ants are like russia goes for quantity

            • Gaura Cappelletti
              Gaura Cappelletti  14 hours back

              *flash back to that promo for antman where they were just dancing and saying A N T S*

              • Lily Y
                Lily Y  17 hours back

                Why is ant drama so entertaining

                • Mr Monstah
                  Mr Monstah  19 hours back

                  Humans: Pah! They're just ants, we could kill 'em easily
                  Also Humans: *loses to off brand ostriches*

                  • higurasi 227
                    higurasi 227  1 days back

                    Japanese pleeeees

                    • Nam Nhat
                      Nam Nhat  1 days back

                      “Ants battle themselves because of dna changes”
                      Me:Ant racism is a thing now?

                      • Anish Reddy
                        Anish Reddy  1 days back

                        Dumb question, but why not introduce the mutated versions of those ants that are long lost cousins to inadvertently kill each other off?

                        • iknewsabowasnotdead
                          iknewsabowasnotdead  1 days back

                          Is Part 3 coming? :(

                          • ShadowXZ70
                            ShadowXZ70  1 days back

                            Argentine Ants masters of the ZERG RUSH

                            • Capta Crunch
                              Capta Crunch  2 days back

                              We'll all be ant food before its over.

                              • Mr Fear
                                Mr Fear  2 days back

                                Argentine ant: we need conquer

                                • Mr Fear
                                  Mr Fear  2 days back

                                  Siii Argentina tiene hormigas feroces

                                  • Jesus Garcia
                                    Jesus Garcia  2 days back

                                    Argentine ants kills all ants
                                    Argentine ants: i wonder what species we should kill next?

                                    Humans: hello there

                                    • Στέφανος Χρυσανθακόπουλος

                                      So argentine ants are the Europe of the ants?

                                      • One Two
                                        One Two  2 days back

                                        We need more global warming to stop the Argentine ants to save us all!

                                        • One Two
                                          One Two  2 days back

                                          Send ants to wipe out China

                                          • One Two
                                            One Two  2 days back

                                            Feed the CCP to ants

                                            • One Two
                                              One Two  2 days back

                                              I love ants

                                              • Lunarchy107
                                                Lunarchy107  2 days back

                                                Waiting for the Infinity Ant War trailer

                                                • Taylor Wall
                                                  Taylor Wall  3 days back

                                                  Cover cow ants

                                                  • Mateo garcia
                                                    Mateo garcia  3 days back

                                                    Jaja my ants attack the world

                                                    • Samantha Tomasi
                                                      Samantha Tomasi  3 days back

                                                      6:35 *squints* they can’t mean that lake Hodges can they,?? Oh shit they absolutely do! Had no idea I lived so close to an ant super colony but I guess that explains why they’re such a nuisance here

                                                      • dante slayer
                                                        dante slayer  3 days back

                                                        “The Colony was everything. They were born as one; they fought as one; and they died as one, driven by their hunger. But I hunted for something more.
                                                        I stole a ride from an sentient power, and saw greater purpose. For we were the first--Earth is our planet, and I will turn our hunger against those trespassers who would take it from us. One day, we will reign supreme on Earth. And we will gaze up at the stars… still hungry.”

                                                        • Commissar_Falk
                                                          Commissar_Falk  3 days back

                                                          I smell Tyranids

                                                          • Egull
                                                            Egull  3 days back

                                                            yall think humans are bad

                                                            • Zofia Markiewka
                                                              Zofia Markiewka  3 days back

                                                              All was fine in the kingdoms of the Argentine ants

                                                              *Until the fire nation attacked*

                                                              • Brian Patrick van Oers

                                                                How long until they develop nuclear weapons?

                                                                • S T A R D U S T
                                                                  S T A R D U S T  3 days back

                                                                  But do we know this?!

                                                                  • Nugget bất tử
                                                                    Nugget bất tử  3 days back

                                                                    Bật phụ đề tiếng việt
                                                                    thất bại sương sương :))

                                                                    • Comrade Pancham
                                                                      Comrade Pancham  3 days back

                                                                      I hate Argentine Ants, they're infesting my home and our Internet Router.

                                                                      • Poonam Satsangi
                                                                        Poonam Satsangi  3 days back

                                                                        Anyone from India

                                                                        • Alkis Demirtiou
                                                                          Alkis Demirtiou  3 days back

                                                                          I have like 50000 on my garden

                                                                          • Safey Smith
                                                                            Safey Smith  4 days back

                                                                            How amazing is this? Am I right!?

                                                                            • Hamzah Abu Awad
                                                                              Hamzah Abu Awad  4 days back

                                                                              This is some great ninja war s**t

                                                                              • Doodlescnof
                                                                                Doodlescnof  4 days back

                                                                                Argentine ant:
                                                                                Human: *pfffssssss*
                                                                                Argentine ant : this smells funny
                                                                                Argentine ant: why do i hear boss music

                                                                                • EggCake
                                                                                  EggCake  4 days back

                                                                                  Rome Empire, Ant edition

                                                                                  • Nw.Caffers
                                                                                    Nw.Caffers  4 days back

                                                                                    Argentine ant. Fights wars like the red army. No good weapons, not well trained.

                                                                                    Overwhelming numbers 👌🏻

                                                                                    • Yossel Garcia
                                                                                      Yossel Garcia  4 days back


                                                                                      • Br4_d0n
                                                                                        Br4_d0n  4 days back

                                                                                        vamo' argentina papa!!

                                                                                        • Luzbelito
                                                                                          Luzbelito  4 days back

                                                                                          Orgullo argentino

                                                                                          • Arthur Van Zanten
                                                                                            Arthur Van Zanten  4 days back

                                                                                            How do you find this information, it's so specific!

                                                                                            • Sandeep Rao
                                                                                              Sandeep Rao  4 days back

                                                                                              I really want a Part 3

                                                                                              • Shasvin Puvanesvaran
                                                                                                Shasvin Puvanesvaran  4 days back

                                                                                                So, we need the pred and fire ants of the amazon to deal with these pest then then the fire ant eating flies can come in.