In most cultures, when the queen dies, the next closest relative takes the throne, but then in human royalty, the fate of all reproduction does not rest on the new queen (or king). Among Indian jumping ants, when the queen dies, the females compete and the winner changes hormonally and physically and becomes a Gamergate. She supplies all the fertile eggs for the brood.
That little tidbit is what I learned from Matt Shipman, a science writer from North Carolina State University during a one-day workshop in science writing. Continue reading Of Ants, Audio-Visuals and Science Writing