I took them out of hibernation last night. Few deaths accrued during winter and they look hungry.
[Part 1 of “Ants, Bees and Wasps” 2-episode series finale :P] Opening: Velvety Tree Ants (Liometopum occidentale) 0:43 – Possibly a species of carpenter ant 0:53 – Carpenter ants (Camponotus sp.) on and under hummingbird feeder 1:44 – Colony of black ants in England, young queens leaving the nest, tended by workers, to take flight. I noticed a dozen or more queens landed on the sidewalk from quite a distance before finding the source by accident. Music: “Alchemist” by Celestial Aeon Project, available for free download here: www.last.fm www.mikseri.net www.jamendo.com This video is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 License. This video was shot in SD (640×480).
Carpenter ants (Camponotus vagus) are perhaps the largest ants in Europe, up to a centimetre long. This video looks at a colony in SW France.
In this video you will find the eclosing(hatching of a worker) of a worker and a tour through one of my larger Carpenter ant colonies. I show each chamber and explain a bit about the colony and the chambers along the way.