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Rare vantage of a new ant queen raising her first batch of brood through the immature life stages. Before it becomes an ant, an egg develops through three immature life stages. The 1st stage is egg, the 2nd is larvae, and the 3d is pupae. The queen constantly cleans her brood which protects them from dangerous bacteria and mold. Her attentions also provide the brood with tactile stimulus, and coat them in nutritious pheromones that ant scientists (myrmecologists) call the "Queen Substance". This episode was made in collaboration with the UCLA Department of Entomology.