What Do Queen Ants Look Like?

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Queen ants have wings when they're mating, but the wings typically are broken off after the reproductive stage. Discover how a colony takes care of a queen ant with information from an entomologist in this free video on insects and bugs.

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I'm Mike Quinn. I've been an entomologist for twenty years. And we're here at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Talking about what do Queen ant, ants look like. Basically Queen ants are the reproductive stage of the colony of the cast. And she will have wings when she's mating and then when she comes back down typically they go off on a mating flight and when they come back down to, to the ground she'll break off those wings and then initiate a colony laying eggs and, and caring for them and then from that point forward the colony takes care of her. So Queen ants typically are winged is for part of their life cycle and that's one of the best ways to recognize a Queen ant.

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