ant fact archive

Satoshi Fujiwara, EU II #9, 2018

Satoshi Fujiwara

EU II #9
courtesy of the artist

As ants age, they venture further into the world.27 They start as nurses, caring for the queen and her brood, then progress to nest maintenance. Only in the final stages of their lives do they take on the dangerous task of leaving the nest to forage.28,29

  • According to research conducted on Camponotus fellah.
  • Age polyethism is also common among honey bees.
  • Mersch, 2013