The lifespan of an ant depends on its role in the colony. Males live for a few weeks, while the queen survives for decades under the right conditions. Most worker ants survive a few months, as stated by ASU School of Life Sciences.
In the ant colony, each type of ant has a specific duty. The single role of the male ant is to mate with the queen. Workers are female ants that received less food during the larva stage. While they do not reproduce, they provide the work necessary to keep the colony alive. Queen ants are larger than the female workers and responsible for laying the eggs in the colony.Learn More
A carpenter ant with wings is a breeding adult on its way to breed or to establish a new colony. The males die shortly after mating, and the females, or queens, lose their wings once they start an ant colony. The worker ants are all wingless, sterile females.Full Answer >
Ants do bite, and getting bit by fire ants can be particularly painful. Carpenter ants can also bite if they feel their nests are being attacked. They will bite out of self-defense, and these ants also spray formic acid into the bite to increase the pain and irritation.Full Answer >
Bullet ants, or Paraponera clavata, most commonly live off plant nectar. They have also been known to eat other insects and other types of plant exudates, including sap, rubber and resin.Full Answer >
Sugar ants do bite, but the bite is not painful. If a sugar ant locates a source of sugar, a home can quickly become infected by thousands of ants.Full Answer >