How Do Ants Mate?

During mating, male ants and queen ants rise into the air. Males produce sperm cells, which they then deposit in the spermatheca, which is located at the tip of the abdomen. The spermatheca then stores the collected sperm for fertilization. The sperm cells then fertilize the eggs in the reproductive tract.

After mating, the male ant loses its wings. The queen ant then lays eggs, which grow into female worker ants. The worker ants care for the eggs, feed the larvae, and protect the nest.

The queen ant of an ant colony determines the gender of the offspring. It then lays eggs and forms a new nest. It then enslaves genetically related worker ants, who help care for the colony.

A queen ant will only mate with available mating partners. A worker ant will select foods that the queen ant will need. They will also help care for the nest, defend it, and clean tunnels.

The queen ant has a special valve, which allows sperm to fertilize the eggs in the reproductive tract. This is the same process that happens to all flying ants.

The Cataglyphis cursor is an ant species that lays eggs with clones of the queen. This is referred to as parthenogenesis. The embryos grow without fertilization, but only one parent is required to complete the process.

Swarming is the ant’s way of protecting the colony. It happens in summer and autumn. It also increases the chances of mating with other colonies.