It is common knowledge that ants live in colonies, and at the head of these ant colonies are the queen ants, while all the other ants are workers. You would think that every once in a while the army of worker ants would get fed up with taking orders from the queen. In which case an army of hundreds or thousands of ants would easily be able to take out a single queen, right? Actually, sometimes worker ants do unite in order to dethrone the queen. However, despite the difference in numbers, taking out the queen ant with an army of smaller but determined ants does not always result in a victory for the worker ants.
Queen ants will do whatever they can to hold on to their power over the colony, even if it means rearing fewer ants to prevent a possible coup. An ant colony usually has more than one queen, and in these cases a few generations will pass before the worker ants become so numerous that they can kill off a queen or multiple queens without worrying about their own survival. However, the ants will almost always leave at least one queen standing to rule the colony. I guess the worker ants don’t like having more several different bosses.
Could the mass murder of numerous queen ants within a colony ultimately result in a more efficient colony since there are no longer multiple queens simultaneously giving orders to the worker ants?