She has arrived.

- An alien announces the arrival of the Queen.


A Harvester Queen is the leader and matriarch of a Harvester hive, and commands in her personal ship, attached to the center of a Harvester Mothership. A Queen rules over her personal swarm, and represents the will and consciousness of her species.

One queen was retroactively mentioned as being behind the events of Independence Day, and serves as the true main antagonist in Independence Day: Resurgence.


Rank and Position

These monstrously large aliens are the commanding force behind the invading Harvesters. Residing in a private and heavily guarded center pod of a Harvester Mothership, they have the ability to control nearby Alien craft and are incredibly hard to kill. They are noted for being gargantuan, extremely strong, and strategically gifted. Aside for their size, the Queens are noted for being the only Harvesters known to have a mouth and vocal chords, unlike the rest of their species.


A Harvester Queen may be large (roughly 100 feet tall in her bio-suit, 50 feet tall without it), but like her smaller soldiers, she is vulnerable outside of her ship and her bio-mechanical suit. A Queen's bio-mechanical suit is similar to the smaller ones used by the rest of her species, and it is entirely plausible that the rest of the Harvesters adopted the design to emulate their Queens. The suits the Queens wear are obviously much larger than those worn by soldiers, and emits its own protective blast shield. However, with enough bombardment (by native Harvester projectile or energy cannons from human hybrid fighters it seems) the shield generator can be disabled.


A Queen is the central entity for every Harvester Mothership, including her own, with only her having an individual will outside of the hive-mind. Because of the hive-mind, any warrior would gladly die to protect a Harvester Queen.



For thousands of years, the Harvesters have been destroying civilizations and homeworlds, including the Sphere's, under the command of Harvester Queens.

War of 1996

There must have been a Queen up there that we didn't know about.

- David Levinson


A Harvester Queen led an invasion force to Earth on July 2, 1996 and precipitating the War of 1996. The Queen was eventually killed during the third day of the invasion when Steven Hiller and David Levinson destroy her ship with a nuclear warhead from the inside out.

War of 2016

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No one has ever killed a Harvester Queen...

- The Sphere answers about what would happen if a Harvester Queen is killed.


In July 2016, a Queen receives a distress signal sent by a City Destroyer from the War of 1996. She then immediately has the Harvester Mothership directed for Earth, intending to avenge the first invasion and rip the planet for its resources. Shortly before the arrival of the Harvester Mothership, the aliens' nemesis, the Sphere, first arrive to Earth and was subsequently shot down by humanity, which they mistook it for another hostile species. The Queen directs the Harvester Mothership, which promptly destroyed Earth's defense grid, before settling over the Atlantic Ocean to begin drilling towards the core of the planet.

Anticipating a counter-offensive from the humans, the Queen allows an aerial bombing human squadron to approach her ship, before launching her impenetrable defenses. Shortly after, the Queen is alarmed that the Sphere is on Earth, and immediately sets out to claim it. The Queen departed on her personal ship and headed towards the source of the Sphere's signal at Area 51. Unknown to the Queen, the ESD under David Levinson tricks the Queen by rerouting the signal to a space tug piloted by former President Thomas Whitmore, who infiltrates the Queen's pod and detonates cold fusion bombs directly in front of her.

The Queen, however, is protected by her specialized bio-mechanical suit's shields and survived the explosion. She then engages Patricia Whitmore in battle, resulting in the loss of her shield and weaponry, and Patricia's craft. The Queen then makes her way toward Area 51, with telekinetically controlling her Fighters to form a protective swarm around her, to capture the Sphere. However, humans piloting stolen Fighters, Dylan Hiller, Jake Morrison, Rain Lao, and Charles Miller, attack her from behind. Together, they destroy her suit, fatally wounding her, and she collapses and bleeds to death. With her death, the Harvesters retreat without the Queen's hive-mind control, and the invasion ends.



Independence Day: Resurgence

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Behind the Scenes

  • The Harvester Queens appear to be inspired by the Xenomorph Queen from James Cameron's 1986 science-fiction action film Aliens. They could have also been inspired by the Drej Queen from the 2000 animated science-fiction action-adventure film, Titan A.E..
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