What is the lifespan of an ant? How come you never see baby ants? What is the life of an ant like? These are just a few of the endless questions an inquisitive preschooler might ask after spotting ants in the kitchen.
Being interrogated by a curious kid (or anybody else) while trying to deal with an ant infestation is pretty darn stressful, so we’ve broken down the answers to all your burning questions about the life cycle of an ant.
Life cycle stages of an ant
Of the at least 12,000 different species of ants in the world, just a few hundred are found in the United States. Less than half of those ant species are known to be pests to homeowners. All of that means there is a wide variety in ant life cycles depending on species and habitat. The following information provides a general summary of the types of ants you are most likely to encounter.