Yellow Meadow Ant

Lasius flavus
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Introduction

Lasius flavus is a very common ant in Europe.

Often mistaken for the red stinging ant this ant is actually harmless.

It is a relatively slow and shy ant speceis that avoids confrontation.

They tend to avoid sunlight and create fantastic underground sand/soil structures.
Scientific names
Lasius flavus (featured), Lasius (flavus group).

 

Distribution
Wide spread across central Europe, some parts of N. Africa, N. America and Asia.

 

Habitat
These ant are subterranean meaning that they mostly live underground. Their nest mounds are commonly seen on in lawns and pastures.

 

Diet
Anything sweet. Seeds. Small insects that crawl into their nest. Occasionally farm under-ground coccids and aphids.

 

Colony size
Established colonies can have around 5000 ants.

 

Queen
8mm, dark orange, mostly monogyn (one queen per colony).

 

Workers
2-5mm, orange, some have dark brown under gasters. Although they don’t have major worker castes, there are some larger workers than others.

 

Risk level 1

A harmless ant, although they can leave grassy mounds in your lawn if colonies are not removed after one year.

 

Pet level 1
This species is perfect for first time ant owners.

They are low maintenance, easy to find, tough, long lasting, clean, build fantastic soil/sand structure and are unable to bite or sting humans.
However, the colonies can be slow to grow and they are very shy, especially the nantics.

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