Lasius flavus

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A common and wide ranging species that exhibits regional variation in its nesting and habitat preferences. It is a subterranean ant which nests under rocks in open habitats and dry woodlands. It is a generalist predator that also tends root aphids and feeds on their honeydew.

 

Queen[edit]

Queen Ant
  • Nuptial Flight Time : July - September
  • Colony Founding : fully-claustral
  • *gynous Polygynous (Only 2 queens per colony)
  • Brood Boostable: Yes
  • Hibernation : Yes
  • Feeding Requirements : Protein + sugar, (cricket, mealworm, honey, sugar water.)
  • Nanitics Appear After : 1 - 5 months (sometimes eggs are not present until spring)

 

Food[edit]

Likes[edit]

honey, crickets, mealworms

Dislikes[edit]

rice,  ants

 

Colony[edit]

  • Difficulty : easy
  • Typical Colony Size : 15 - 500 workers (depends on stage)
  • Polymorphic : No
  • Ant Length : Worker: 2 - 4 mm, Queen: 6-8 mm
  • Temperament : calm
  • Suggested Feeding Schedule : 1 - 2 weeks after nanitics
  • Hazards
  • Colony Growth Rate : slow
  • Egg To Worker : 1-3 months
  • Circadian Activity
  • Recommended Temperature : 68 - 80 F (20 - 26 C)
  • Recommended Humidity : average
  • Heating Pad Required : sometimes
  • Can Climb Smooth Surfaces : rarely
  • When To Expand : after 2nd batch of workers
  • When Do Soldiers and Reproductives Appear : reproductives appear 2nd or 3rd year
  • Invasive/Pest : mostly not
  • Farmers : root aphid farmers
  • Native Location : Europe and North America
  • Natural Habitat : Under rocks in forests
  • Preferred Nesting Medium : soil
  • Scientific Information: 

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