According to a new report by the BBC from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, some members of ant colonies exhibit --oh dear-- selfishness.
Ants are renowned for their ability to work together, and put the good of the community ahead of personal concerns.
But new research suggests that their colonies are actually hotbeds of devious, selfish and corrupt behaviour.
And it is the royal family - or male ants carrying a so-called "royal" gene - that are largely to blame.
Scientists have discovered that some males pass the gene on selectively, to ensure that their offspring become reproductive queens, not mere workers.