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Most worker ants live for about a year (12 months), though this depends on how certain factors inside the nest are controlling brood development and adult ant population, as I believe L. niger workers may live up to 2 years. It is rare for a worker to die from 6 - 9 months unless it is either killed, or develops some illness/disease.
It is fair to assume that workers will live from 12 to 18 months on average