The Billion Ant Mega Colony and the Biggest War on Earth

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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    • Vincent Tacsagon

      Vincent Tacsagon

      9 uur geleden

      Ig9Km k@OnionGun onN

    • George Barleycorn

      George Barleycorn

      13 dagen geleden

      Ohh oo9pppp8

    • Mohd Rashid

      Mohd Rashid

      17 dagen geleden

      What is red important fire ant

    • Jiff Meim

      Jiff Meim

      19 dagen geleden

      I want to learn

    • Almost Good

      Almost Good

      20 dagen geleden

      More ants please

  2. Hammonojetsu


    Uur geleden

    Ants Are So Much Like The Humans of Insects.

  3. scoare


    5 uur geleden

    This is like a horror movie lol

  4. John Grand

    John Grand

    5 uur geleden

    Humans:we have killed hundreds of millions of people in war Ants:hold my beer

  5. Kagura Miochanlu

    Kagura Miochanlu

    7 uur geleden

    Bro who knew i'd be more interested in ant wars than world war 1.

  6. venomaxus


    14 uur geleden

    So, in the ants world, the south is colonizing the north and at the same time waging war each other? Interesting..

  7. Epic Gamer ayo

    Epic Gamer ayo

    21 uur geleden

    what if Leaf cutter And Fire ant Work together That Should bee Impossible too beat Even Army ants like this Leaf cutter Split there military And fire ants have Super major right Well then There Swarm Will Kill Some Fire ants But They have a Secret no body now There Split team When there Colony Where Attack Leaf cutters Will try to defend but some Fire ant will help but the other team Attack there waves that wod bee op

  8. Juan Redon

    Juan Redon

    Dag geleden

    ARGENTINA ARGENTINA ARGENTINA cuántos mundiales tenés hormiga tejedora

  9. V4ML


    Dag geleden

    1:23 imagine how hard that mustve been to animate

  10. Mauricio Rodriguez

    Mauricio Rodriguez

    Dag geleden


  11. TheGameChanger101


    Dag geleden

    Well if there going to be that selfish we should just use them as a super weapon against common goes of the Bug territory and keep and protect the spies we need.

  12. Quokka Waka

    Quokka Waka

    Dag geleden

    I bet my ant can beat up your ant

  13. TidalWaffles


    Dag geleden

    All fun and games until the ants start feeding the queen different insects, making the queen give birth to the ant king Meruem.

  14. Von Neely

    Von Neely

    Dag geleden

    "How many ants are there in the world?" "Sorry, but numbers don't go that high."

  15. I just changed my name

    I just changed my name

    Dag geleden


  16. Brenda Landis

    Brenda Landis

    Dag geleden

    The worthless goat findingsinitially saw because mailbox steadily point amid a ratty rooster. drab, sedate pot

  17. Aurora Lyon

    Aurora Lyon

    2 dagen geleden

    Argentine Ants are basically the bug equivalent of humans.

  18. Flamingo Allende

    Flamingo Allende

    2 dagen geleden

    Let’s kill some of these ants

    • Flamingo Allende

      Flamingo Allende

      Dag geleden

      @I just changed my name heck yes

    • I just changed my name

      I just changed my name

      Dag geleden

      Yes, let's nuke them

  19. Kirnale


    2 dagen geleden

    Guess we know where the zergs originates from

  20. Jacqueline Hughes

    Jacqueline Hughes

    2 dagen geleden

    The electric cupcake gratifyingly stitch because disease phylogentically form per a defeated rod. wasteful, undesirable polo

  21. Joaquin__


    2 dagen geleden

    Argentine ant the "battle droid" of ants.

  22. Withering Defeat

    Withering Defeat

    2 dagen geleden

    argentine ants are basically hitler

  23. Melstrom Astral

    Melstrom Astral

    2 dagen geleden

    Seriously though, ants are probably the most impressive animal next to humans.

  24. overmind06


    2 dagen geleden

    They were the first live subjects for my sunlight focusing tests.

  25. danteelite


    2 dagen geleden

    Imagine if these ants had access to communications technology. If those colonies could talk to eachother at a distance, they would probably take over the world in pretty short order.

    • TheBandOfBastards


      11 uur geleden

      Or more importantly, if they didn't start fighting each other once they reached a large enough size.

  26. Puppycorn Barks weather

    Puppycorn Barks weather

    2 dagen geleden

    Humans: nah its peaceful no wars Argentine and other antos: pew pew bite bite ahhhh!!!!

  27. Funky Grow

    Funky Grow

    2 dagen geleden

    I wonder what Marx would have to say about this. I don’t know what ant to root for. I mean there is so much socialist theory going on in this video that it’s tearing apart my entire understanding of imperialism and colonialism. At first I was like.... fuck the bigger meaner ants. And I was happy the smaller ants overtook the power. But then they colonized North America and became asshole imperialists. Then the super fire ant was re-produced and suddenly I was happy to see them get thwarted. Does anything truly even matter?

  28. Theo Morgan

    Theo Morgan

    3 dagen geleden

    War of the mini Worlds

  29. gamernoob 1

    gamernoob 1

    3 dagen geleden

    Yeah fire ant coming to Minnesota the weather is just a messy like if it is hot now it is snowing with 20 inch of snow

  30. Evan Brunner

    Evan Brunner

    3 dagen geleden

    i didn't know there were communist ants

  31. Marvin Valderrama

    Marvin Valderrama

    3 dagen geleden

    Pls add ants vs termites

  32. Joe Swanston

    Joe Swanston

    3 dagen geleden

    They are basically the China of ants

  33. dificulttocure


    3 dagen geleden

    Zerg rush !

  34. theanticzar


    3 dagen geleden

    “We are no better than the ants... no we are Far worse!”

  35. The Joker

    The Joker

    3 dagen geleden

    Well this just sounds like humans with smaller steps

  36. Theo Taras Melnyk

    Theo Taras Melnyk

    3 dagen geleden

    In the end, were not the dominant species, the Argentine ants are

  37. Ripraptor


    3 dagen geleden

    Argentine Ant Queen: "200,000 units are ready, with a million more well on the way."

  38. NoobsUnleashed


    4 dagen geleden

    5:35 so literally the devouring swarm but not interstellar

  39. Rancher Robert

    Rancher Robert

    4 dagen geleden

    Ants or government drones?

  40. Stephen Blair

    Stephen Blair

    4 dagen geleden

    So argentine ants are leftists

  41. MarloSoBalJr Gaming

    MarloSoBalJr Gaming

    4 dagen geleden

    San Diego County has yet to notice this threat beneath their noise

  42. Yael Levi

    Yael Levi

    4 dagen geleden

    I'm seeing things that were in Ender's Game.

  43. Aamin Khan

    Aamin Khan

    4 dagen geleden

    I've watched dozens of your videos but still not able to pronounce your channel name 😅😐

  44. Chilling Roblox

    Chilling Roblox

    4 dagen geleden

    Argentina ants is pretty much russian and red ant is pretty much the usa

  45. KendrixTermina


    4 dagen geleden

    This reminds me of that experiment where they mapped the territories of housecats in the city of weimar. So there is the "human map" of who owns each house, there was a separate "cat map" of cat territories, completely in parallel. There are ant maps, too. I imagine when we go to space, there will also be different maps depending on what planets you can survive on.

  46. KendrixTermina


    4 dagen geleden

    They are just like us! Which means we can feel a little bit less bad about being us, I guess. BTW: Ants and other social insects are some of the most intelligent insects there are & might even understand simple numbers.

  47. Saar2908


    4 dagen geleden

    War War never changes

  48. Captain Caveman

    Captain Caveman

    4 dagen geleden

    Ugh... starship troopers is real... dammit. I hate it when Casper Van Dien is any kind of relevant.

  49. bluebird


    4 dagen geleden

    The surviving super-colony will focus their attention on us. Just a matter of time.

  50. XL duckling

    XL duckling

    5 dagen geleden

    Ants. Kill them.

  51. Shamsddinne Soumare

    Shamsddinne Soumare

    5 dagen geleden

    "The prince of egypt" predicted everything.

  52. Isaac Sherwin

    Isaac Sherwin

    5 dagen geleden

    my favorite kurzgesagt video of all time

  53. Vivian Bayto

    Vivian Bayto

    5 dagen geleden

    Arginine ant: I fear no man except that thing human: *starts squishing* Arginine ant: run

  54. MaSOneTwo


    5 dagen geleden

    So, basically you are telling me Tyranids are real, they are already here and we (in a way) created them...good...good, good, good...

  55. P S

    P S

    5 dagen geleden

    Ants achieved world peace before humans

  56. Camcolito


    5 dagen geleden

    These ants are like the Mongols, right down to the disintegration into squabbling states.

  57. Camcolito


    5 dagen geleden

    Not one step backwards.



    5 dagen geleden

    Are you positive they're not Mexican ants??

  59. the blaze

    the blaze

    5 dagen geleden

    they make alliances with the aphids too???

  60. Alanoofedup


    5 dagen geleden

    World War 15000 (Fire Ants vs Argentine Ants)

  61. Hellblaue


    5 dagen geleden

    Ortho max kills them all so I am not worried

  62. Michael Bristow

    Michael Bristow

    5 dagen geleden

    So basically they are insect humans...

  63. The King of Antarctica

    The King of Antarctica

    6 dagen geleden

    _"We are no better than the ants. No, we are far worse."_

  64. Pandero


    6 dagen geleden

    Argentine ants too op

  65. Mattia Paratore

    Mattia Paratore

    6 dagen geleden

    It's more exciting then all human history

  66. Cody


    6 dagen geleden

    Kinda remind me of the Tyranids from Warhammer 40k

  67. Liam Dale

    Liam Dale

    6 dagen geleden

    sounds simmilar to humans

  68. dr right wing

    dr right wing

    6 dagen geleden

    A cartoon? Stupid

  69. Lee K

    Lee K

    6 dagen geleden

    "Very Large Colony" Really, that's the best name they could come up with? hahaha

  70. Benjamin Murphy

    Benjamin Murphy

    6 dagen geleden

    Humans: we should keep species alive and protected Humans later: WE WILL DESTROY ANTS!

  71. adam power

    adam power

    6 dagen geleden

    Argentine ants enjoying being the dominant force Fire ant - on your left

  72. Gutenburg100


    6 dagen geleden

    Argentine ants: we fear nothing. Me with gasoline and a match...

  73. Jahseh Recardo

    Jahseh Recardo

    6 dagen geleden

    I wonder what the intellectual capability of a megacolony may be

  74. Avinash Tyagi

    Avinash Tyagi

    6 dagen geleden

    What this video teaches is that to get rid of one invasive species, you need to introduce another invasive species

  75. Avinash Tyagi

    Avinash Tyagi

    6 dagen geleden

    Zergling rush

  76. David Brewer

    David Brewer

    6 dagen geleden

    Copy. Slaughter all argentine ants with brake clean and feed the fire ants

  77. Krismet1cal


    6 dagen geleden

    everybody gangsta till the humans had enough of ants

  78. a Pteranodon Brachiosaurus

    a Pteranodon Brachiosaurus

    7 dagen geleden

    How come I find videos I'm certain I've enjoyed and liked before, only to find it unliked now when I rewatch it?? Am I seeing things??

  79. F.B.I -Federal Bureau of Investigation-

    F.B.I -Federal Bureau of Investigation-

    7 dagen geleden

    Humans: We got 200m worth of useless land at the cost of 20.000 men, this war is madness !!! Ants: We lost an entire continent at a cost of billions of workers, it was a fair fight

  80. Shrek has swag 69

    Shrek has swag 69

    7 dagen geleden

    Ant but bri’ish.

  81. Bedirhan


    7 dagen geleden

    Genghis khant and army

  82. Jason Brown

    Jason Brown

    7 dagen geleden

    i like these topics that steer clear of political biased topics

  83. Every Villain Is Lemons

    Every Villain Is Lemons

    7 dagen geleden


  84. Tactical Ministries

    Tactical Ministries

    7 dagen geleden

    So argentine ants are basically what humans would be if we were ants

  85. Ricardo Jimenez

    Ricardo Jimenez

    7 dagen geleden

    Would you like to know more?

  86. JaxOffline


    8 dagen geleden

    The ants went to unges island

  87. Boom 36

    Boom 36

    8 dagen geleden


  88. removalist


    8 dagen geleden

    imagine that even your animals are anoying

  89. Cioroi Metin2

    Cioroi Metin2

    8 dagen geleden

    so they are like russians?

  90. Baran Akcay

    Baran Akcay

    8 dagen geleden

    AUBG : Ant Unknown's Battle Grounds

  91. hayden downey

    hayden downey

    8 dagen geleden


  92. Aaron Seet

    Aaron Seet

    8 dagen geleden

    So they use zergling tactics.

  93. Anime Artist

    Anime Artist

    8 dagen geleden

    I was sure the ants are just.. ants! I never expected they have a history and soo interesting ants exist!

  94. Juan Rivas

    Juan Rivas

    8 dagen geleden

    Hunter x hunter

  95. Aydın Ömür

    Aydın Ömür

    8 dagen geleden

    Well this is how Germany feels against Russia in WW2

  96. kessler roadman

    kessler roadman

    8 dagen geleden

    Fire ant gang

  97. Imperial Soviet

    Imperial Soviet

    8 dagen geleden

    Achievement unlocked: Civilization

  98. Imperial Soviet

    Imperial Soviet

    8 dagen geleden

    [Biggering starts playing]

  99. Xxxwalter Racion

    Xxxwalter Racion

    8 dagen geleden


  100. Kryzz


    8 dagen geleden

    Only one word Netero