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Mikey Bustos (born: June 23, 1981 (1981-06-23) [age 39]), better known online as AntsCanada (or BustosAntsCanada), is a Filipino-Canadian YouTuber. It started out as a place for him to document the development of his ant colonies, as well as video tutorials on how to raise ant colonies before transitioning into more episodic documentary-esque videos.

About Mikey Bustos

Mikey Bustos was born and raised in Canada to Filipino parents. In his early 20s, he became a contestant on the first season of Canadian Idol, which earned him popularity all over the country. He eventually made it to the finals where he won 7th place overall. Afterwards, Bustos has starred in various television and radio shows, as well as releasing various musical albums.

Asides from AntsCanada, Bustos has three other YouTube channels. They are his personal channel Mikey Bustos, his music channel Mikey Bustos Music, and his vlog channel MikeyBustosVLOGS.

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Bustos developed a fascination with ants while he was still living in Canada. He uploaded his first video on July 14, 2009 (the same day he opened the channel) which documents his newfound Myrmica rubra ant colony. Since then, the channel started to evolve to showing tutorial videos on how to maintain a healthy ant colony.

In late 2016, the channel saw a boost in popularity. With the channel gaining more views, the videos slowly started to turn episodic in nature. Bustos started to give the audience and fans (which he calls the AC Family) a closer look into the lives of ants and, when he calls for it, gives them a choice as to what he should do to help improve the living conditions of his colonies. And in late August of 2017, the AntsCanada ant channel reached 1 million subscribers.

As of April 4, 2020, Bustos currently has 5 ant colonies that he documents on the channel. They are colonies of Fire Ants (Phoenix Empire), Yellow Crazy Ants (Golden Empire), Black Crazy Ants (The Dark Knights), Big-Headed Ants (Bobbleheads), and Asian Bullet Ants (Black Panthers, 2nd generation).

The following is a list of various previously kept ant colonies:

Ant species Name Fate
Trap-Jaw Ants (Odontomachus simillimus) Jaw Breakers (1st generation) Killed off by feral Black Crazy Ants
Pharaoh Ants (Monomorium pharaonis) Tomb Raiders Released due to a mite infestation
Asian Marauder Ants (Pheidologeton diversus) Titans (1st generation) Killed off by feral Black Crazy Ants
Polyrachis semiinermis Platinum Dragons (1st generation) Escaped
Asian Bullet Ants (Diacamma rugosum) Black Panthers (1st generation) Died out due to a lack of a gamergate
Stigmatomma species (referred to as Vampire Ants) Blood Legion Died out due to a lack of a gamergate
Carpenter Ants (Camponotus species) Lumberjacks Died out due to illness
Polyrhachis semiinermis Platinum Dragons (2nd generation) Released to curb stunted growth
Fire Ants (Solenopsis geminata) Fire Nation Died out after the death of the queen ant. He is in the effort of getting a new Fire Ant colony. 
Asian Marauder Ants (Pheidologeton diversus) Titans (2nd generation) Released due to food shortages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic
Asian Weaver Ants (Oecophylla smaragdina) Emerald Empire Released due to food shortages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic
Trap-Jaw Ants (Odontomachus simillimus) Jaw Breakers (2nd generation) Released due to food shortages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic
Ghost Ants (Tapinoma melanocephalum) unnamed Escaped

In addition to ants, Bustos also owned 1 colony of termites but was killed by feral Pharaoh Ants. He also keeps various feeder insects, tarantulas, and a variety of other animals.

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Subscriber Milestones

Note: The following dates are according to SocialBlade. Dates may vary by ~1 day (2 days if you live outside of North America) due to differences in time zones.

  • 1 million subscribers: August 28, 2017.
  • 2 million subscribers: July 26, 2018.
  • 3 million subscribers: July 6, 2019.
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