What the Queens of Different Ant Species Look Like

With over 16,000 species of ants, you better believe that queen ants come in a many different shapes, sizes, colours, and lifestyles. This is a full list of my top 20 favourite queen ants on the planet! Do you agree with my picks? Ant love forever! This video was shot in 4K Ultra HD resolution.

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Polyrhachis cyaniventris queen - David Lubertazzi, www.antwiki.org/wiki/File:P_c...
Colobopsis nipponica - Minsoo Dong, antwiki.org/wiki/File:Colobop...
Polyrhachis bihamata - Steve Shattuck, www.antwiki.org/wiki/File:Pol...
Camponotus noveboracensis queen - Gary Alpert, www.antwiki.org/wiki/File:Cam...

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  • AntsCanada
    AntsCanadaVor Monat

    AC Family, Happy Mother's Day to all and to your pet ants! Please remember to LIKE, COMMENT, SHARE, and SUBSCRIBE (hit the BELL for Notificatons Squad) if you enjoyed this video! QUESTION: Which queen ant was your favourite? Did I miss any? Ant love forever!

  • JM Williams

    JM Williams

    Vor 3 Tage

    Componotus Ants are my favorite ants species they grow fairly and nice colors and Unique Ant class

  • Five nights at Freddy’s World

    Five nights at Freddy’s World

    Vor 4 Tage

    I’m gonna make it a Ant Farm now because I like your videos

  • PumkinJack159


    Vor 5 Tage

    In my opinion yellow crazy ants are top 5 for me

  • yam and yaz

    yam and yaz

    Vor 9 Tage

    So if I see a queen ant running around on the ground I am not taking her away from her own ant colony? Would taking a queen mean that her colony will die?

  • Cindy Ong

    Cindy Ong

    Vor 28 Tage

    Tart ant

  • Eladia francisco
    Eladia franciscoVor 7 Stunden

    I have my own Fire ant queen and alate with other fire ant drones and I have my own black crazy ant colony

  • Jaaf Har
    Jaaf HarVor 14 Stunden


  • Kate Spencer
    Kate SpencerVor Tag

    Honeypot ant, Myrmecocystus mexicanus, would be cool to see a colony of those

  • FreakyFabz
    FreakyFabzVor Tag

    Ants, bees and termites - the best. @AntsCanada make sure to check out Wallaces Giant Bee - it’s a solitary bee that lives in termite nests and its HUGGEE

  • LeBaron
    LeBaronVor Tag


  • Emily Valeros
    Emily ValerosVor 2 Tage

    With s

  • Emily Valeros
    Emily ValerosVor 2 Tage

    I have colony of harvester ants with no queen and with fat black crazy ant

  • Draven Herring
    Draven HerringVor 2 Tage

    Right outside my house there are ants but my family don't like them because they eat wood and they said there the worst kind of ants. Its sad

  • Vernon Kamiaz
    Vernon KamiazVor 3 Tage

    I like the metallic colored ones.

  • Vernon Kamiaz
    Vernon KamiazVor 3 Tage

    I loved your #1 weaver queen.

  • Explosive Gimme Migue
    Explosive Gimme MigueVor 3 Tage

    You need one type of Polyrhachis in your Chanel

  • RK800
    RK800Vor 3 Tage

    number 8 looks like a strawberry

  • Toni Jarden
    Toni JardenVor 4 Tage

    Also i agree with your favourite. Planning on keeping one soon.

  • Toni Jarden
    Toni JardenVor 4 Tage

    Nice. Bull ant my 2nd favourie ant

  • manxmannants
    manxmannantsVor 4 Tage

    I have 3 colonies of myrmica Ruginodis

  • Hovan Vang
    Hovan VangVor 4 Tage

    AntsCanada will shrink himself one day (like Antman) just to cuddle with the ants 🐜😂

  • ꧁【🅳🆁🅺】 ꧂ 🆅🅸🅿🅴🆁 🆈🆃
    ꧁【🅳🆁🅺】 ꧂ 🆅🅸🅿🅴🆁 🆈🆃Vor 4 Tage

    7:31 ASSASINATER QUEEN. btw she doesn't make her own colony but, ASSASINATES ANOTHER COLONY AND TAKE OVER IT!

    TOY2SHOVor 4 Tage

    0:22 what is this species, she looks so regal.. the opulence.

  • ScarsandStiches
    ScarsandStichesVor 4 Tage

    I absolutely love Leafcutters. They're definitely my favorites.

  • 松谷春樹
    松谷春樹Vor 4 Tage

    That harvester ant queen looks like it’s made out of beef jerky

  • Tan tan yan yan EdcET
    Tan tan yan yan EdcETVor 4 Tage

    Get 5 species of weaver Ants queens

  • Tan tan yan yan EdcET
    Tan tan yan yan EdcETVor 4 Tage

    Get 5species

  • Emmett Gross
    Emmett GrossVor 5 Tage

    Carpenter ants are native to me and they like to sneak in to our house

  • Ivan Torres
    Ivan TorresVor 5 Tage

    Where can you get harvester queen ants

  • Σπύρος Μυστεγνιώτης
    Σπύρος ΜυστεγνιώτηςVor 5 Tage

    I think Cataglyphis nodus and maybe Dinomyrmex gigas should also be on the list, but it was a good list anyway!

  • Robert Stevenson
    Robert StevensonVor 5 Tage

    How dare you. Don't you know it's "happy birthing person's day" now.

  • Bycalene Eofie De Leon
    Bycalene Eofie De LeonVor 6 Tage

    This makes me want to start my own colony- 👁️👄👁️👌

  • Trent Huntsman
    Trent HuntsmanVor 6 Tage

    I found lots of black garden ant queens

  • MaxthaSavage
    MaxthaSavageVor 6 Tage

    Found the 20 top favorite queen ant while I was in recess in May and I also found one in my house which is kind of scary but then I also found one in June yesterday I found it actually and it was on the cement so found a red version of it and I thought it was a fire ant queen so I didn't pick it up because it didn't want to get stung I think I found a Pavement ant on the cement

  • Yondu Udonta
    Yondu UdontaVor 6 Tage

    0:20 one of these were walking on the outside of an ants nest which confused me since the Queen isn't usually on the outside 🤨 i caught it and its been laying eggs but I'm wondering why it was out the nest since they are usually protected deep inside

  • Įđøl_ Łəā
    Įđøl_ ŁəāVor 6 Tage

    Who else tought that Ember Empress is AntsCanada #1 favorite Queen

  • racel
    racelVor 6 Tage

    There common here on Philippines

  • Ruwani Abeysekara
    Ruwani AbeysekaraVor 7 Tage

    I also like weaver ant queen

  • Mason McKee
    Mason McKeeVor 7 Tage

    I found 2 lasuis ant and I got one and I have 1 carprenter ant queen

  • Sakusa Ki-Omi-Omi
    Sakusa Ki-Omi-OmiVor 7 Tage

    Is there any ants in Singapore? I feel like catching one!

  • Elohim Ylanan
    Elohim YlananVor 8 Tage

    I love Lasius queen ant

  • Antonio De Jesus
    Antonio De JesusVor 8 Tage

    I love leaf gotrler ants and the queen beautiful creature

  • fai md
    fai mdVor 8 Tage


  • Holy Foot
    Holy FootVor 8 Tage

    The number 8 ant look like strawberries!

  • OOF ITS Xernas97
    OOF ITS Xernas97Vor 8 Tage

    the war part for the pavement ants would explain the large amount of ants fighting each other on a bike trail i was walking on last month

  • jehan ibrahim
    jehan ibrahimVor 8 Tage


  • Cornyring Motovlog
    Cornyring MotovlogVor 8 Tage

    Wow, my Ants are listed. - Carebara Diversa Sp - Trap Jaw Ants Sp - Camponotus Sp except my Odontoponera sp.

  • VonraiderSaysELol
    VonraiderSaysELolVor 9 Tage

    in children's day too lol

  • neelu gupta
    neelu guptaVor 9 Tage

    Wild Pharoa ants because they attacked your ants many times 😂😂😂

  • Jose Garcia 9811
    Jose Garcia 9811Vor 9 Tage

    Id leave that to Petersen

  • XxLightning PlayzxX
    XxLightning PlayzxXVor 10 Tage

    My mom is allergic to ants :(

  • XxLightning PlayzxX

    XxLightning PlayzxX

    Vor 10 Tage

    #Ants 🐜 🐜 🐜

  • Marilou Rañola
    Marilou RañolaVor 10 Tage

    Are you dead why arnt you uploading

  • Crazy L-Bomb
    Crazy L-BombVor 10 Tage

    Did you know that there is such thing as a dinosaur ant they are crazy looking

  • Jay David
    Jay DavidVor 10 Tage

    Happy Mother’s day to all the ladies featured. Truly I say, they are queens!!

  • Quantum boy
    Quantum boyVor 11 Tage

    german fire ants

  • Lucy Graser
    Lucy GraserVor 11 Tage

    I got a gel ant colony as a gift many many many years ago but never got around to ordering the ants for it, kinda glad I didn't now.

  • Lucy Graser
    Lucy GraserVor 11 Tage

    I think I saw a pavement ant war once when I was a little kid! I stopped and watched it for probably hours, I think I tried to physically break up some of the fighting by picking them up and pulling the ants apart haha ^^; I was pretty little,,, My parents had to come find me because I'd been gone for so long and they were worried

  • Matthew nguyen
    Matthew nguyenVor 11 Tage

    Those are some cool ants

  • Arm Just Arm
    Arm Just ArmVor 11 Tage

    Ants are veryyyy similar to termites, are they cousins?

  • Check
    CheckVor 12 Tage

    I Found a successful polyrhachis ant nest and it looks like Colo blue and ima get it.

  • ChroNicSmoker Jim
    ChroNicSmoker JimVor 12 Tage

    I want a pet ant farm but I'm having trouble catching a queen and I can't afford a queen+ workers😔

    IRFAN GAMINGVor 12 Tage

    My favourite ant qeen is fire ant qeen

  • Tran My
    Tran MyVor 12 Tage

    I used to feed wild ants

  • Holly love it Billodeau
    Holly love it BillodeauVor 12 Tage

    Me: notices a queen ant Also me: COLONY TIME

  • Black Dragon
    Black DragonVor 12 Tage

    I love ants and ants are taking over our house

  • Jaclyn Bucheimer
    Jaclyn BucheimerVor 12 Tage


  • Galaxy ppug
    Galaxy ppugVor 12 Tage

    I love almost every Campo ant, the nests are extremely cool being made of wood pant debris and twigs, also since their common out of town, I found a queen just as it settled into its new nest, by far my favorite ant queen too for her large body and full black coat.

  • David Adrian Aguirre
    David Adrian AguirreVor 12 Tage

    Nice Coyote reference on the bullet ant! lol. Now I think he needs to meet the Queen bullet ant to complete his journey, lol

  • Carol Agan
    Carol AganVor 13 Tage

    Dude i think i saw an army ant queen at my friend hows

  • deadman 3309
    deadman 3309Vor 13 Tage

    AntsCanada: the MYRMICA ANT QUEEN Me: rasin

  • CTeverything
    CTeverythingVor 13 Tage

    11:10 noooo the cicada

  • Katerina Kezemides
    Katerina KezemidesVor 13 Tage

    in florida we have florida harvester ants. they big

  • RENEGADE 808
    RENEGADE 808Vor 13 Tage

    In my backyard on the porch I have pavement ants which I don’t really care about and five of them being there but still that it’s kind of annoying and I don’t want ants in my backyard so yeah I can’t wait for Christmas to come so they can all die for you you don’t want that but I do because they are annoying

  • RENEGADE 808
    RENEGADE 808Vor 13 Tage

    In my backyard I have Merica ants in my sand pit which is always trying to steal my skin off of me that’s why I hate them

  • RENEGADE 808
    RENEGADE 808Vor 13 Tage

    Do you wanna know why I hate ants I have no more ants in my backyard I have a sandbox make a sandpit day love setting there colonies there they make me very mad because every single time I am going to go out there and pineapple there’s always around me and I can’t just sit down and play in the sand if I sit down and chill just called me did find my skin and bite my skin which is very annoying so I have the right duck crouch something like that

  • KILL3RPRO_66
    KILL3RPRO_66Vor 13 Tage

    and the camponotus planatus

  • Lavender the cat
    Lavender the catVor 14 Tage

    When I was in primary school there where bull ants everywhere and some of the kids let the ants scurry onto there hand aka me I never got bit apart for the time I was rolling down a hill into a nest there bits do hurt and it’s one of the most strong ant bites

  • Matthew Youmans
    Matthew YoumansVor 14 Tage

    Will ALways be my favorite, for now anyways.. 😄 I feel you man

  • T D
    T DVor 15 Tage

    What happened to the golden empire? Why are they not included

  • Jesus Moronta2
    Jesus Moronta2Vor 15 Tage

    2:57 S C R E A M

  • Hello?
    Hello?Vor 16 Tage

    I love the black crazy ants

  • Cyprus Yt
    Cyprus YtVor 16 Tage

    Thanks this helped me figure out the species of the queen ant I saw in my lawn

  • Fluppess
    FluppessVor 16 Tage

    Atta all the way !!!

  • Mark senpai
    Mark senpaiVor 17 Tage

    I just realize how many queen ants i killed 😭

  • Gareth Yeo Hai Jie Student
    Gareth Yeo Hai Jie StudentVor 17 Tage

    What about meranoplus bicolor queen's?

  • Johnathan Joy
    Johnathan JoyVor 17 Tage

    It was wever ant

  • neon gamer
    neon gamerVor 17 Tage

    I'm so intrigued by the assassin queen🐜❤️

  • James Long
    James LongVor 17 Tage

    of the queen

  • James Long
    James LongVor 17 Tage

    on the back

  • James Long
    James LongVor 17 Tage

    15:18 that's a assassin ant

  • Kelakuan Pambudi
    Kelakuan PambudiVor 17 Tage

    17:49 clever ants. FYI my country called this ants Rangrang. And as you were say, its literaly everywhere outside.. EVERYWHERE

  • Luke Player
    Luke PlayerVor 17 Tage

    i live in north Carolina and we have a bullet ant colony in a tree. its weird i know

  • Papapapa Romeo
    Papapapa RomeoVor 18 Tage

    Yay! Weaver ant #1...

  • Jordan Thomas
    Jordan ThomasVor 18 Tage

    My favorite ants are bulldog ant, trap jaws, and leafcutters. Edit: I’ll also add army ants and I meant bull ant this is in order from 1st to 4th place Bull ant, trapjaw, leafcutter , army and I want leafcutters because thay are the least dangerous

  • Red Cheeks
    Red CheeksVor 18 Tage

    Nice vid !,i dont want to correct you but bullet ants are nr 5 on biggest ant in the world it seems army ants or drivers ants are biggest with 2.5cm,and oldest most endangered spieces of ant is the dinosaur ant in west australia they look alot like the stick ants, like they have a wasps body cos they evolved from wasps about 120 to 140 million years ago,as australia is warming up they might go extinct soon,and oldest found ant extinct is Martialis Huereka found in rain forests and is about 120 million year old :)

  • Red Cheeks

    Red Cheeks

    Vor 18 Tage

    Ps i ment driver ants are 2.5 [inch] thats about 63 mm ! truly massive :P

  • Pandi The Gamer
    Pandi The GamerVor 18 Tage

    You missed dinoponera they are so beautiful!

  • Julie Mcgrath
    Julie McgrathVor 18 Tage

    Weaver ant queens look like big grapes

  • Khay Clay
    Khay ClayVor 18 Tage


  • Vklng
    VklngVor 19 Tage

    Yup i knew it weaver ant was gonna be his favorite

  • Alexis Maldonado Molina
    Alexis Maldonado MolinaVor 19 Tage


  • Monkey
    MonkeyVor 19 Tage

    Where is the pheidole queen love? 😥

  • Reese Julianne Perez
    Reese Julianne PerezVor 20 Tage

    My favorite ant in the world is bullet ants and murader ants!

  • AntsGlobal
    AntsGlobalVor 20 Tage

    The ant that you called cute is terrifying lol, why does it look like it has holes in it, it just freaks me out.

  • mrsquiggle Pants
    mrsquiggle PantsVor 20 Tage

    Number 8 looks like strawberry’s 🤩