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.

German Channel:
Spanish Channel:

This is how we make our living and it would be a pleasure if you support us!
Get Merch designed with ❤ from
Join the Patreon Bird Army 🐧


The Kurzgesagt voice is from
Steve Taylor:

700+ minutes of Kurzgesagt Soundtracks by Epic Mountain:
The Soundtrack of this video:

Many Thanks to our wonderful Patreons from who support us every month and made this video possible:
Levay Zeegers, Pierce Simmerman, Jose Payan, Volodymyr Feskov, Shelby Clair, David Waller, TimeLord, CompanionCraft, simmy, Cindy Mooney, Meredith Rendell, Mike Garrison, Jamie Buclaw, Matas, Artem Ruslanovich, Henrique Janikian, Elie Crespin, Eric Schwinger-Fresz, Tristan, Asche Whelsky, Andreas Viktorsson, Isaac True, Nikolay Dyulgerov, Yiwei Cao, supor88, Christoffer O'Nyhus, Nicolas Opal, Ratt Élite, Mališa Stanojević, Zachary Fishman, matt Mcmahon, Bryce Carr, ToWe, Thomas Ivans, Stephan Jaborek, Vic, Eduard Vasilache, zjbxwbmn, Olivia, Cassandra Whitty, Martin, Eric Wong, Ben Murphy, Arata Kaku, Nikola, Alexandre Karaziwan, Shaoju Chen, Peter Varner-Howland, Aaron Horne, Mikkel Kringelbach, Joseph Hoffman, Akhil, Rayn Fluner, Jonathan Gaffers, Jesper Mølgaard, Oven Ott, Volodymyr, Lucille Tail, Aaron Giles, Ben Imadali, Erebus Etherie, jimi, Gabriela Maeda, Dale levasseur, Avi Yashchin, Jackson Chang, William Northern, Christoph Matt, Chommie, Cristian Stanca, Ivan Bakhtin, Lamadesbois


  1. K Maq

    K Maq

    40 minuten geleden

    What does 6:45 mean with "1 Death/s"?

  2. Doc P

    Doc P

    9 uur geleden

    Am I the only one that thinks, that although informative.. Kurzgesagt is a show off?

  3. Francisco Medina

    Francisco Medina

    Dag geleden


  4. Galih Riski Pratama

    Galih Riski Pratama

    2 dagen geleden

    is there any game available about building this ant empire and epic war simulator about ant?

  5. Brian Selley

    Brian Selley

    3 dagen geleden


  6. agustin


    4 dagen geleden

    Greetings from Argentina, I am not an ant :)

  7. M.Abd-ur-Rehman Garewal

    M.Abd-ur-Rehman Garewal

    5 dagen geleden

    Nobody: Argentinian ants: 200,000 units ready , with a million more well on the way

  8. DeadlyDanDaMan


    6 dagen geleden

    Humans have more in common with ants than we realize.

  9. Wilfredo Vazquez

    Wilfredo Vazquez

    6 dagen geleden

    Empires always collapse from within, even in the animal kingdom.

  10. 6Eevee Dreamland

    6Eevee Dreamland

    6 dagen geleden

    this is 10 times better that studying 'bount ww2

  11. EunJi Kim

    EunJi Kim

    6 dagen geleden

    Ants are scary

  12. juyty


    7 dagen geleden


  13. Waldemar Marwalde

    Waldemar Marwalde

    7 dagen geleden

    I, For One, Welcome Our New Insect Overlords

  14. Meh Meh

    Meh Meh

    8 dagen geleden

    Ant priest performs summoning ritual! *Foot of human steps across battle line, crushing a few dozen ants*

  15. Lucas Lopez

    Lucas Lopez

    8 dagen geleden


  16. Niv 'Mohnd

    Niv 'Mohnd

    9 dagen geleden

    It's not about food, it's about keeping those ants in line.

  17. Jörmun Gandr

    Jörmun Gandr

    10 dagen geleden

    No-one: The History channel at 2am:

  18. Gabriel Nicholas

    Gabriel Nicholas

    10 dagen geleden


  19. Jevil


    10 dagen geleden

    6:58 When you remove every even number in alabama it is aaaa

  20. chow033


    10 dagen geleden

    We can try harvest those ants for protein source

  21. Dio Brando

    Dio Brando

    10 dagen geleden

    Argentine ants is Christopher Columbus in ant kingdom

  22. Brent Lim

    Brent Lim

    11 dagen geleden

    I hate it when ants makes their nest everywhere like that one time they made a nest on the back of my bed and on the electric beater.....but it was only about 1 day when i found them on my bed ,so they didnt really made a large nest ....but the ones that made their home on the electric egg beater oh that sh"t was a sight of was a medium sized nest and had hundreds of eggs....i was scared when i looked down on the hole and found hundreds of ants swarmed up when i poured water inside..........😑😑😑😑😑

  23. Blue Cat

    Blue Cat

    11 dagen geleden

    I got it I’m not gonna say it’s OK it’s OK on crack and what is the baby oh

  24. Minn Chit

    Minn Chit

    11 dagen geleden

    Imagine: If Hitler was a leader of ants.

  25. Tofiu Games

    Tofiu Games

    11 dagen geleden

    Can you make a video about Warp Drive

  26. Chan Tim

    Chan Tim

    11 dagen geleden

    dear mother nature: your scaring me

  27. Zoë


    12 dagen geleden

    "Hi," said the Argentine ant super colony, eating the entire world for breakfast.

  28. chael ruiz

    chael ruiz

    12 dagen geleden

    you forgot about philippines

  29. Felix Robertsson

    Felix Robertsson

    13 dagen geleden

    So uhh are these ants in Sweden?

  30. Chirayu Rabari

    Chirayu Rabari

    13 dagen geleden

    "We can make a religion out of this."

  31. NotGabriel


    14 dagen geleden

    Argentine Ants are basically the zombie apocalypse of the ant world, never ending hordes of hungry cannibalistic ants taking over the world

  32. William Anderson

    William Anderson

    14 dagen geleden

    Sounds like humans

  33. Vince


    14 dagen geleden

    Fuckers are in Oregon too. I was in a hike once we we reached a point where there was no biodiversity in the plant life and the ground was writhing with ants and in just 3 square meters, there were 7 ant hills, all 3/4m high

  34. MrSuga


    14 dagen geleden

    Imagine being so bored you find my comment

  35. Aavin Abeydeera

    Aavin Abeydeera

    14 dagen geleden

    Britain : We have the biggest empire on Earth Mongolia : No, WE have the biggest empire on Earth Some random-ass ant: hold my beer

  36. Meme Mite

    Meme Mite

    15 dagen geleden

    4:12 why does this remind me of plague inc.

  37. Viole Tovar

    Viole Tovar

    15 dagen geleden

    Holis matia quiroga jay soy violee

    • Viole Tovar

      Viole Tovar

      15 dagen geleden


  38. achik mohamad

    achik mohamad

    15 dagen geleden

    Human:step on one of the ant The ants:the troops are ready million more on the way

  39. Zares


    16 dagen geleden


  40. Mr.Nugget


    16 dagen geleden

    Dude thank you for making such good videos

  41. Juanma Actis

    Juanma Actis

    16 dagen geleden


  42. Nick D

    Nick D

    16 dagen geleden

    World war 37636718837782 has begun!

  43. Nick D

    Nick D

    16 dagen geleden

    Ants would be like: Master queenwalker, there are too many of them, what are we going to do?

  44. Sinking Raft

    Sinking Raft

    16 dagen geleden

    i have never been so scared by something in so fascinated by

  45. KugelBlitz


    16 dagen geleden

    Argentine Ants are literally the USSR of the ant world.

  46. Glitched Blox

    Glitched Blox

    16 dagen geleden

    I hate auntie

  47. Joanne McIlraith

    Joanne McIlraith

    17 dagen geleden

    I live in New Zealand 🇳🇿 dose that mean iv been invaded by ants

  48. Trepticon


    17 dagen geleden

    Imagine if these ants had tiny guns

  49. Akshat Singh

    Akshat Singh

    17 dagen geleden

    I swear this is better than the last season of Game of Thrones 😶

  50. Bhagya Mc

    Bhagya Mc

    17 dagen geleden

    Imagine every one of those ants suddenly become the size of a human

  51. Mobile


    17 dagen geleden

    Here I thought I would be learning about biology. Currently listening to history classes, legit if I was born an ant all my classes would be history

  52. Mobile


    17 dagen geleden

    This could be a game! Build your own colony! Thousands of species of ants, bullet’s, fire’s, crazy’s, leafcutter’s. All have their superior strengths, agility, stings, armour, strategy, numbers. Breed your army and scour the land for war. The choice is yours, choose wisely.

  53. Schlecht


    18 dagen geleden

    Soviant Union

  54. Edmond ,_,

    Edmond ,_,

    18 dagen geleden

    Mais alguém br?

  55. Evelynn Tran

    Evelynn Tran

    18 dagen geleden

    Argentine ant: Ima get you! Fire ants: hold on, let me get my venom ready

  56. yikes


    19 dagen geleden

    Soviet rusia would be proud

  57. Tristan MITCHELL [09H1]

    Tristan MITCHELL [09H1]

    20 dagen geleden

    Those ants are almost like us, just without tech and superstition but with some biological uses

  58. Nacho el mach

    Nacho el mach

    20 dagen geleden

    Aguanté Argentina



    20 dagen geleden

    Jajajajajaja, viva Argentina!!! Dominaremos al mundo!! 😂😂

  60. KEH KE LUNGA 2.0

    KEH KE LUNGA 2.0

    20 dagen geleden


  61. Miles Feagin

    Miles Feagin

    21 dag geleden

    Other ant colony: Finally I can keep these colony's to my self Argentine Ants: I smell colonies

  62. Beat maker

    Beat maker

    21 dag geleden

    " ants will fight anyone " Me : RUN ! AND FIND A SAFE PLACE

    • Beat maker

      Beat maker

      20 dagen geleden


    • Randommations


      20 dagen geleden


  63. Beat maker

    Beat maker

    21 dag geleden

    2020 : humans rule 9017 : Argentinian ants rule

  64. NameLess Hero

    NameLess Hero

    21 dag geleden

    imagine being an ant...that would be not awsome if your not a ueen somewhat youll just a pawn

  65. Ant Timelapse

    Ant Timelapse

    22 dagen geleden

    ant vs mango timelapse video here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  66. Justin Ng

    Justin Ng

    22 dagen geleden


  67. overlux resing

    overlux resing

    23 dagen geleden

    AGE OF EMPIRES: Ants edition

  68. Dr. E Ahaghotu

    Dr. E Ahaghotu

    23 dagen geleden

    Yes video

  69. Jeff Lee

    Jeff Lee

    23 dagen geleden

    40k much?

  70. Kevin


    23 dagen geleden

    i love this channel, but the biggest plegue are not six legged animals, or some flesh eathing microscopic organism or i.a but....... the human race

  71. Kevin


    23 dagen geleden

    confaderecy ants against union ants , abraham antcon

  72. Yue Fei

    Yue Fei

    23 dagen geleden

    So Humans and Ants use similar strategies

  73. Mig R

    Mig R

    23 dagen geleden

    zerg in a nutshell

  74. Jayden Jayden

    Jayden Jayden

    23 dagen geleden

    Fascinating I never get so interested on ants

  75. Marilyn Magtalas

    Marilyn Magtalas

    24 dagen geleden

    too bad they can't survive for example magnifying glass flametrower and most importantly water

  76. Lorenzo Ayala

    Lorenzo Ayala

    24 dagen geleden

    im subscribed

  77. Ezee Lopez

    Ezee Lopez

    24 dagen geleden


  78. Andrzej Obrotomorda

    Andrzej Obrotomorda

    25 dagen geleden

    -They are red -The quantity matters -They don't care about the casualties -They fight among themselves -They want to control whole world -During the civil war other countries rise up again. *_SOVIET UNION_*

  79. Andrzej Obrotomorda

    Andrzej Obrotomorda

    25 dagen geleden

    1:23 Papa Stalin would be proud.

  80. NightwishTarja


    26 dagen geleden

    Game of Ant Thrones...

  81. e l

    e l

    27 dagen geleden

    While we're focusing on climate change, space exploration and other mundane human issues, little did we know the true owners of earth are slowly taking over and neutralizing their enemies by sheer numbers. Been nice living with you all

  82. Ants Kingdom Asia

    Ants Kingdom Asia

    27 dagen geleden

    I love your videos on Ants. Thanks for making them...

  83. Frosty the snow man

    Frosty the snow man

    27 dagen geleden

    As an Alabamian my whole school is in a fire ant colony anf they hurt like hell

  84. Kylar Cheng

    Kylar Cheng

    27 dagen geleden


  85. Agustin Herrera

    Agustin Herrera

    27 dagen geleden


  86. Helllo Noway

    Helllo Noway

    27 dagen geleden

    Im surprised ants still cant travel through the ocean with out humans since fire ants can make live rafts out of their bodys

  87. Deluxe Edition

    Deluxe Edition

    28 dagen geleden

    the... the colony is just called "very large colony"......... oh my god LOL

  88. Ignacio Manuel Aicardi

    Ignacio Manuel Aicardi

    28 dagen geleden

    Yeah I’m proud of being Argentinian because our ants are the BEST

  89. HQQX


    28 dagen geleden

    People say 40k is over the top, idk guy but those ants are pretty much miniature tyranids

  90. SMD_Yeexy


    28 dagen geleden

    So basically the Argentine Ant is an ant version of the British Empire

  91. Debojyoti Sarkar

    Debojyoti Sarkar

    28 dagen geleden

    Yeah, this is ant version of movie spartans

  92. Noobie :-P

    Noobie :-P

    28 dagen geleden

    No wonder why ants are so backward in science and technology, we must have seen them flying in space if they weren't fighting each other every now and then. P.s. just like humans !

  93. Shaunak Nadkarni

    Shaunak Nadkarni

    28 dagen geleden

    Humans: We created war Ants: *Whomst has awoken the ancient one*

  94. Fogweet S.A

    Fogweet S.A

    29 dagen geleden

    Awesome Vid

  95. Dexter cochran

    Dexter cochran

    Maand geleden

    Media: "Argentine ants may be hoarding oil." *America has entered the chat* "And tea." *UK has entered the chat* "And opium." *China has entered the chat* "And gold." *Spain has entered the chat* "And emus." *Australia has left the chat*

  96. Wilian Rodrigues

    Wilian Rodrigues

    Maand geleden

    Soviets: I like your style British: I also like your style

  97. nikusha popxadze

    nikusha popxadze

    Maand geleden

    Ants are Like Humans There a Ton of them make colony's like us

  98. ThePlagueRider0


    Maand geleden

    Everybody gangsta till a guy with a flamethrower shows up. The supercolony would be destroyed in hours

  99. Ben Robertson

    Ben Robertson

    Maand geleden

    ants will be the end of humans

  100. A.J. Courier

    A.J. Courier

    Maand geleden

    Anyone else get itchy watching this?