Army ant queen during migration

Army ant queen during migration

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Caption: Army ant queen during migration. Close-up of the enormous queen of an army ant (Dorylus anomma nigricans) colony being protected and tended to by worker and soldier ants during migration of the colony. These ants, also known as driver or safari ants, are found primarily in Central and East Africa. They live in huge colonies containing over 20 million individuals. The queen is about 5.5cm long and weighs around 2 grams. Usually she remains in the nest where she lays one egg every two seconds for her whole 15-year life, meaning she could produce between 150-200 million offspring.

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