Inside the World of Fire Ants!

Inside the World of Fire Ants!

A song of ants and fire… and ant-decapitating flies
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Special thanks to Dr. Rob Plowes from the University of Texas at Austin fire ant research lab for letting us come film their ants and phorid flies:

If you want to learn everything there is to know about fire ants, read “The Fire Ants” by Walter R. Tschinkel
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Fire ant raft – Matt Bennett

Fire ant escape rafts – Company of biologists

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20 Responses

  1. Live 2Live says:

    These fire ants tickle gotdamnit ain’t nothing special

  2. KeeptheFaith says:

    Ants are so cute 😁

  3. iKing Furqaan says:

    If you find a mosquito, just put your full effort and kill it! Please kill
    mosquitoes because they are getting a threat to human life. Humans are
    dying due to malari, dengue, etc. Please spread this message and kill all
    those mosquitoes by mosquito repellants and fast cards (paper which if
    burned, will kill mosquitoes in that particular room due to smoke, which is
    poisonous for mosquitoes.

    Please help this world in the eradication of mosquitoes which dont deserve
    to live on our planet!

  4. Against The Broccoli Industry says:

    I have entomophobia.

  5. Kenneth Wong says:

    5:56 *eyes widen to their maximum potential*

  6. Lapis Lazuli says:

    are fire ants weak to water type attacks?

  7. Matt Hamer says:

    Why no mention of Walter Tschinkel? You were even leaning on his book…

  8. DarknessXmo says:

    that was fun 🙂 show this in my channel and show it to friends :)

  9. Nanien says:

    Please introduce/invent/breed a fly that hunts ticks. Ticks are the worst.
    And by the way, next to those ants that fly looked like a Fallout Bloatfly.

  10. Joo Hyun Kim says:

    “Just like us, the ants are a very important species.”

    I agree that ants are important, but not humans lol

  11. Shawn Carter M. II says:

    baskin robbins always finds out.

  12. Illegal Alien says:

    I didn’t know they stung, I thought they just bit.

  13. minitrott01 says:

    You kinda forgot North Carolina…. We have them f**kers here….

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  15. Reckless Roges says:

    Hmm. Two words: Cane Toad. Ask an Ozzie.

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  18. Existential Error says:

    Kill these mofos every chance I get. Hate them.
    I love phorid flies.

  19. FerretTail says:

    Fire ants the most hated insect in the southern us

  20. Hugh Janus says:

    That’s just the problem brush, scientists don’t think…