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Toy robot attacked by bull ants (video)
Pat
South Australia
13 posts

Here's a surreal kind of film I shot on a rural property some time ago. I'd classify it as experimental. A clockwork robot encounters a nest of angry bull ants.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ch9Ze74gyBc

The video has been gaining some attention on news related websites such as the ones below:

https://boingboing.net/2016/09/12/bull-ants-swarm-a-clockwork-to.html

http://laughingsquid.com/bull-ants-viciously-attack-a-toy-robot-that-carelessly-wanders-too-close-to-their-colony/


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dais
Brisbane, Queensland
12066 posts
Haha nice work.
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fpot
Gold Coast, Queensland
25497 posts
Was it programmed to feel pain?
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Viper119
Other International
3069 posts
Man that is oddly bleak, not what I needed to watch first thing on a Friday morning!
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FaceMan
Brisbane, Queensland
12369 posts
Good Music

Did you give it that tint ?
looks good.

Did you choose the angle for a reason ?

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Pat
South Australia
14 posts
Thanks all. I think I'm glad that the robot didn't feel pain on this occasion!

Good Music


I'm actually glad of that cos I was hoping that it would be a decent substitute for the original music that I added to this video. I think the original music was better (it had this weird electronic sci-fi feel to it) but I had to discard it due to copyright issues.

Did you give it that tint ?
looks good.


It was mainly shot in the shade and I set the camera's white balance to the 'overcast' setting (can't recall if it has a 'shade' wb setting) so that may have produced a bit of a tint.

Did you choose the angle for a reason ?



I chose a few different angles at the beginning of the video for variety. With regards to the ants swarming, I basically selected an angle that would make the action look more dramatic.

By the way, shooting around the ant nest was pretty tough in general. The ants were crawling over my tripod and camera as well as my shoes / legs. I had to be fairly vigilant to avoid being bitten and stung.
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trillion
Ballarat, Victoria
4121 posts
good video, is it stop motion of time lapse?

also do red dirt ants eat metal, maybe for the paint? or does it just look like a tasty small rodent until it stops moving for like 24hrs. I wish beer if they are like wtf is this let's get outta here when one or all of them figure it out
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Pat
South Australia
15 posts
Video is regular motion. That robot can walk pretty well on it's own for several seconds on a full wind of it's key.

Those ants are super aggressive, especially around their nest. They'll attack just about anything that enters their nest, regardless if it's living or artificial. The only exception is a smaller species of ant who occasionally enter the nest and boss the larger ants around.
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Whoop
Brisbane, Queensland
23636 posts
The only exception is a smaller species of ant who occasionally enter the nest and boss the larger ants around.
Those are called "wives"
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Pat
South Australia
16 posts
Those are called "wives"


Lol!!!
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trillion
Ballarat, Victoria
4122 posts
it's kinda interesting, maybe ants are 10% visual and 90% that nasty scent communicative

i always found green ant nests fascinating as a kid, just the way they would all fling out everywhere to defend the best when you'd chuck sticks at it up in a tree and it would come crashing down

that way actually a highlight of playing, f*****g up those green ant nests

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Spook
Brisbane, Queensland
40286 posts
them ants scary
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