Well its never a bad thing to be able to say I'm actually a little overwhelmed by the amount of content I am currently creating, I have so much!!! its a lot of work, filming, editing, waiting to put the kids to bed to potter about in the early hours, like a wizard Harry! creating magical content!
So this weekend I had planned content that is not ready for release! haha I know right!?
but...... that does not mean I will not have content ready for this weekend!
I have two massive special episode's being recorded and edited, there is so much going into these two new products hitting the market from some awesome retailers AntBoyUK & Antopia
I have been honoured to be given the chance to check out some amazing products recently, these products are top notch, engineered, beautifully designed nests, to really appreciate the work going into these products, I am releasing roughly 20 minute specials, possibly longer, from first unboxing, review, ants moving in, a build tutorial, maintenance, and more, these episodes, are going to roll out my latest format & structure, build upon my review system and are packed with really special bonus content that I wont spoil because its a real treat.
Other projects Im also filming and editing between these two massive projects, are as follows;
"Gimmick Ant Nests"
So we have all heard of these right? maybe?
Gel ant farms, Uncle Milton's ant farms, Ant Maze, they run by various different product names, but most people know what they are, nests that are basically designed to torture ant workers, their not designed to contain a queen or house a colony, yet many will claim they can within the instructions, usually filled with sand & loam or with a gel that's claimed to replicate the gel Nasa created to takes ants into space to study, through my research, I discovered many of these ants died on that experiment, the gel designed by Nasa was not designed for long term survival of the ants or their wellbeing, it was a temporary substrate and food source for the ants to survive the trip to space so they could be useful in the experiment.
Parents buy these nests for their kids, thinking their cool, but really they are not designed for the welfare of the creatures inside, they are designed for you to take workers from the wild away from their colony, away from their purpose, to dig tunnels and eventually die, for the entertainment of children.
History from Wikepedia
The idea behind these barbaric nests are out dated in popular culture since 1956, companies bought the patents, until the design was no longer protected by copyright, now hundreds of companies produce similar barbaric designs, on outdated information, with no care or remorse for the creatures they are supposed to house.
This episode will explore these nests, question the moral obligations, the awareness of cruelty to animals, should include other pets, like insects & invertebrates, I am calling for a ban of these products & awareness of the cruelty they promote.
"The Ultimate Guide To Raising Messors"
Combined with -
"AntBoyUK Messor Elite Balckout nest review"
I have been doing so much research on these species, I will be accumulating all my knowledge and experience with them to produce the ultimate guide to care and raise them to a successful colony.
This episode may touch on information from my previous messor guides, I will be making my previous video's invisible and they will be linked by cards in the episode to hidden pages.
As part of this episode you will see my latest Messor Bi-Colour Queen from Ants Davey I have been raising from a single Queen with brood, to her first nanitics, to moving into the AntBoyUK Elite Blackout nest with a review of the nest and its suitability for this species!
You will see my other Messors, Arenarius & Wasmanni, both still in founding.
"Rhytidoponera Metallica Competition LIVE DRAW!"
Sunday 2nd May 2021 20:00 GMT
This was probably my biggest failure on my channel so far! I was so naïve on what I needed to create a live stream, I did not know what software to use, I realised after finally hooking up my DSLR to use as a webcam, I don't have the right lens to film the ants, Youtube compresses live to 720p all people would see would be dots moving around, so my live draw fell apart!
Now I know its been a few months, I apologise, honestly I do feel immensely guilty about it all, but the Queen went through a successful hibernation over this period and has now emerged, she has been happily house in a tubs and tubes set up, she is doing really well, she is certainly ready for her new home! and a winner to be announced, I now know how to create and host live streams on youtube!
"Ants & The Colonialist Ant Keeping Chaos!"
Sunday 25th April 2021
This weekend will feature the chaos that has been happening behind the scenes, general colony updates, massive growth with the Camponotus Nicobarensis, a problem with the Solenopsis! What do do with the Carebara? New pod for the Polyrhachis Dives, Iridomyrmex colony crash, are my Noda's alive? setting up mini outworlds for test tube colonies, general maintenance, lots of new kit has arrived, exploding breeding feeder colonies....
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