How Do Ants Mate and Reproduce?

Ant buddiesThe reproduction of ants start when the queen and other females capable of breeding fly out of their nest and mate with males while in flight. After mating, the males die and the females that survive the mating swarms descend from the air and then seek out a place where they can start their own colonies.

Once the female finds a suitable spot to begin a colony, it break off its own wings, and then starts laying eggs. The female initially takes care of the first few eggs until they hatch. The new hatchlings begin their own tasks immediately after birth, which may include foraging for food, building the nest or taking care of the queen.