Hey there everyone!
As I have been watching my queen laying eggs and raising her little larvae, I found myself wondering how much sperm is in a queen? How long can she go without mating again? Do they ever mate again? Can they mate with their sons that are laid by either worker ants or her own unfertilized eggs? I know that queens can live for over ten years, and that most queens mate in flight. Do the sperm somehow keep dividing inside of her? Or did that one little male ant manage to pack billions of sperm in her that for whatever reason, can survive for a decade?