An ant colony will not die out without a queen instantly, but eventually, yes it will. The primary purpose of the queen, based on how the social structure and caste system is set up in an ant colony, is to mate with male ant workers and lay eggs. The queen is the only one that can do this and she also lives a long ant life (10-20 years). Depending on the species of ants there may be more than one queen which of course would prolong the die out even further if something were to happen since there are other females to mate with (Discovery Communications, Inc., 2011).
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