What do Termites, Ants, and Queen Victoria have in common?

While it is quite unfortunate that we do not take days off to commemorate the Queens of the insect communities like we do for our human Monarchs of old, there are a number of uncanny similarities between the two.

Yes, both are the rulers of their colonies, and they both oversee the comings and goings of their respective civilizations, but there are some things- about both Queen Victoria, and the ant Queens- that we bet you weren’t aware of:

They were both single mothers, and they were both raised by single mothers

While a ‘traditional non-traditional’ household might look more like the house of Queen Victoria (minus the whole ‘Queen of the United Kingdom’ thing), an ant family has some interesting resemblances as well.  After mating with a male, the Queen ant is left to raise her some 300 000 eggs on her own.

Of course, we use the term ‘raise’ quite loosely. An ant’s definition of raising a brood mainly consists of the daughters cleaning, feeding and grooming the queen. But still, 300 000 kids looks quite intimidating on the online dating profile.

Termites ‘propose’ to their future Kings, as did Queen Victoria to Prince Albert

Just like human Monarchs, termites will often necessitate both a King and a Queen termite to govern a colony. Unlike the ant colony where the male ant dies after mating, in the termite community, both the male and female termites have offspring, and govern a colony together. Colonies are founded when a potential queen joins a mating swarm and picks out her most eligible suitor, thus ‘asking’ him to join antennae in holy matrimony.

The ant’s measure of success is determined by the size of her empire

Queen Victoria, much to the envy of all the insects of the Commonwealth, expanded her empire to be the largest of any empire in the history of the world. That is, the largest of both insect and human empires. Similarly, the primary function of an ant colony is to grow their queen’s empire to its fullest capacity.

But it is the inner workings of the ant colony that is most impressive. Ant colonies will maintain a hierarchical structure, where certain ants are responsible for the security and welfare of the queen, while others are responsible for gathering food, and taking over other colonies, thereby expanding the empire. So just like Queen Victoria will have her servants, her soldiers, and her civilians, so will the ants. Well, sort of.

There were numerous assassination attempts on Queen Victoria

Unbeknownst to most, there were quite a number of assassination attempts on Queen Victoria’s life. In 1840, an 18 year old named Edward Oxford. In 1842 a fellow called John Francis tried twice to kill her, and failed both times. Also in 1842, John William Bean took a shot at it (no pun intended). And then there were 2 more, one in 1849, and one in 1850. Not that you were looking for one, but if you needed to hire a private assassin, you may want to steer clear of these guys.

How many times have you had to call your exterminator back to finish the job they were supposed to have finished in the first place? We understand your frustration. While on their website, they may look like a competent pest control service, it seems almost as if their exterminators said to the pests, ‘guys would you mind going and hiding for a couple of minutes? You can come back out as soon as I leave.’

So what is the similarity between Queen Victoria and the insect queens? That far too many times, under-qualified people have tried and failed and bringing down the empires, and we don’t want the same thing to happen to you.


 

At the end of the day, it takes an organized army to bring down an empire. That is what our exterminators do, and we guarantee that if your home is being invaded by household pests, we can and will protect it with a plan that works for you.

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