How long do ants live ?

A worker ant lives from 1 to 3 years. In smaller species, the life expectancy of an ant is smaller than that of large ones. And ants living in colder regions also live on average longer than residents of the tropics.

Males of ants live only a few weeks. Their task is to participate in mating. Later they are destroyed either by ants from their own anthill, or they perish in the clutches of predators.

The uterus of ants is the longest-lived member of the colony. In some species, the life expectancy of the uterus can reach up to 20 years – this is 10-15 times more than how much the working ant lives.

Saying how many ants live, it is necessary to take into account the fact that some of their species, especially the northern ones, fall into hibernation for the winter. In this period, which ants in the Kolyma or Kamchatka lasts up to 9 months of the year, the life of the ant’s organism is practically suspended.