Queen ants are the founders of all ant colonies. Once mated, she can stay fertilized for many years laying millions of eggs.
Some queens can lay thousands of eggs each day. They really are egg laying machines.
As the queen is essential to a colonies survival, the worker ants do their utmost to protect her from dangers, be that floods, predators or even other ant species.
Queen ants also have the record for the longest living of all insects, ranging from one to up to thirty years!