These ant queens live 500% longer than the workers’ lives. Now we know why.

How far would you go to increase the life span by 500%? An ant species engages in brutal colony-wide brawls to replace the newly deceased queens – and the victor not only gains the throne, but also gets a huge boost to longevity.

Upon the death of the queen, the Indian ants jumped (Salted HarpegnathosBattle to see who will replace the Queen. Winning the crown means more than pumping eggs – it also means living 500% longer than the average worker. Now, scientists may have pinpointed how surrogate queens slow their aging.

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