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Anonymous asked in Home & GardenOther - Home & Garden · 9 years ago

a queen ant can lay eggs all of her life?

i heard that queen ants can live as long as 30 years.

if so... can they produce eggs all the way untill they die? if they can then how do they mate if they cant fly?

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  • Lv 7
    9 years ago
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    They mate ONECE in their lives and the sperm from that one mating is then used for the rest of her life.

    When she is done, when she is out of sperm, she dies and a new queen replaces her.

    Her life span is not determined by how long she LIVES but by how long she can Lay Eggs. Once she no longer has eggs to lay, she dies.

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    Queen ant

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen_ant

    A queen ant is an adult, reproducing female ant in an ant colony; generally she will be the mother of all the other ants in that colony. Some female ants do not need to mate to produce offspring, reproducing through asexual parthenogenesis or cloning and all of those offspring will be female.

    Ant offspring develop from larvae specially fed in order to become sexually mature among most species. Depending on the species, there can be either a single mother queen, or potentially, hundreds of fertile queens in some species.

    Reproduction

    Once the colony has established itself, the queen ant will lay eggs continuously. Among those that reproduce sexually, at the time of egg-laying, the queen may choose to fertilize eggs at will by using the sperm cells retained from the nuptial flight,[5] which will create female worker ants instead of males. If the fertilized eggs and pupae are well-nurtured, they could potentially become queens as well. Among ants who do not reproduce sexually, all of the members of the colony are female. The queen ant sires every ant in a colony.

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    It is the end-all, be-all of her life to be a fertilized egg factory. They only go out of the hive/nest once to mate then go underground and the ovipositor swells and she becomes immobilized by the reproductive organs, so must be fed and cared for 24/7 by attendants.

    You think that is strange... Google "honey pot ants". They choose members of their colony to become the storehouse for food for everyone and they attach themselves to the roof of a tunnel and commence to filling their abdomens with "Ant Honey". They, literally, become zip-lock bags full of "Honey" which they regurgitate to their fellows at need.

    They are the Soda Machine for the colony.

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    Honeypot ant

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honeypot_ant

    'Honeypot ants', also called honey ants or repletes, are ants which are gorged with food by workers, to the point that their abdomens swell enormously, a condition called plerergate. Other ants then extract nourishment from them. They function essentially as living larders. Honeypot ants belong to any of five genera, including Myrmecocystus.[1]

    Google Image Search for "Honeypot Ant"

    http://www.google.com/search?q=honeypot+ants&hl=en...

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    Lv 4
    9 years ago

    Some female ants do not need to mate to produce offspring, reproducing through asexual parthenogenesis or cloning and all of those offspring will be female.Once the colony has established itself, the queen ant will lay eggs continuously. Among those that reproduce sexually, at the time of egg-laying, the queen may choose to fertilize eggs at will by using the sperm cells retained from the nuptial flight, which will create female worker ants instead of males. If the fertilized eggs and pupae are well-nurtured, they could potentially become queens as well. Among ants who do not reproduce sexually, all of the members of the colony are female. The queen ant sires every ant in a colony

  • ?
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    sure, yet when they mate in spring-summer each of the adult males die. for the period of spring is often at the same time as this happens youthful queens and "kings" from diverse colonies enhance wings and go away there unique colony. They set out and seek for a mate. After mating is finished the adult males die and the recent impregnated queens hit upon a clean position to make a colony of there personal. The hit upon a suitable position and dig a borrow. they commence laying there eggs and lose there wings. in this time the recent queens feed off of the extra muscle produced for use of flight. they basically basically take up the extra muscle. the worker (that are all lady) and squaddies which i have self belief are adult males, yet i'm no longer positive. Neither worker or soldier can mate, yet queens and kings are truly made at the same time as that element of three hundred and sixty 5 days comes round. So there are adult males they basically die after mating. for further advice check out this web site decrease than.

  • 9 years ago

    They only need to mate once in their life.

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