An ant queen can be 20 years old. A worker (sterile female) only lives 3-4 years. An ant queen can produce 300 eggs a day during the summer, which amounts to 600,000 eggs throughout her life! Fertilized eggs become females – unfertilized eggs become males. The ant queen is fertilized on just one occasion which lasts her whole lifetime. The male dies after mating.

Did you know that:

The ants in a large stack eat 2 million insects in one summer!

There are about 60 different ant species in Sweden. The largest is the horse ant.

The ant stack is built to the south to capture as much solar heat as possible.

There are about 500,000 ants in a single large ant stack!

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