Lasius Flavus is a beautiful easy to keep species from Europe.
Lasius Flavus is the one of the most common ant species in Europe. They are very shy and seldom forage outside their nest. They tend to gras ahipds and milk them for their honeydew.
Lasius Flavus is monogyne (meaning their can only be one egg laying queen in the colony) but in the wild they can show polygynes behaviour meaning their can be multiple queens per colony. Colonies can grow up to 2,500-5,000 workers!
These ants have nuptial flights from July until September. A nuptial flight is a fenonamon where new ant queens (alates) fly out of the nest to meet and breed with ants from other colonies.
Workers get around 3 to 6 mm long and the queen is around 8 to 9 mm long. This species is medium size for an European species.