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Queen Ant Facts

Queen Ant Facts For Kids

Ants tend to get lost in the shuffle. After all, they live in large colonies that can number in the millions. Each colony can be divided up into three different groups.

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The workers, the males, and the queen. Queen ants are, without a doubt, the most important ant in the colony. It is impossible not to notice their efforts since colonies usually only have one of them!

Fun Facts About Queen Ants

  • A queen ant is usually larger and thicker than all of the other ants. This makes her stand out from the crowd.
  • You can also identify a queen ant by watching how much attention she receives. While her sole purpose is to lay eggs, she has a large group of servants to keep her fed and clean.
  • Though they are called queens, these ants do not tell all of the other ants in the colony what to do. Their job is to instead lay as many eggs as they possibly can.
  • Of all the different ants in a colony, the queen will usually live the longest. They have been recorded as living for up to 30 years.
  • A queen ant can lay thousands of eggs in a single day. This will add up to millions of eggs during her lifetime.
  • Queen ants are the only type of ant to be born with wings, though they do not fly all that often and will eventually shed them.
  • Some species of ants have more than one queen. This allows them to grow the size of their colony much more quickly than a colony that only has one queen.