Question by  ld (17)

What is a drone ant?

I think some ants are drones, but I'm not even sure what that means.


Answer by  Flutterbye (161)

They are of the family family Formicidae and belong to the order Hymenoptera. Their ancestors were very wasp like which explains the wings on the fertile male drones and the female queen. Colonies can have millions of residents. Nearly all colonies have drones in them otherwise the population would die.


Answer by  SookiesHere (119)

If you've ever seen a bunch of flying ants in the air looking like a cloud it is most likely been a bunch of drones that are flying around hoping for the mating with the queen. I think that drones are the only males in a next of ants.


Answer by  Marcus8 (84)

Drone ants are male and very closely resemble the queen in that they both have wings. The wings on a drone are permanent though and their sole function is to mate with the queen. After the mating is done they fly away and usually die very quickly after the process.


Answer by  Anonymous

A drone ant is a male in a colony of ants that lives to mate with the queen. Once they mate, the drone dies shortly after


Answer by  sashangeljaz (992)

You are correct thst some ants are drones. Ants live in colonies. The drone ants are both male and have wings. Their purpose in the ant colony is to mate with the queen ant to keep the colony going. After mating, their purpose is done and they fly away and die soon afterward.


Answer by  Nancy (578)

Ants have a similar society much like bees. The colony consists of a queen, workers and drones. Drones are fertile males who's sole purpose is to perpetuate the species.

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