About Lasius flavus
European Species- Yellow Meadow ant
Temperature: Nest 20- 25°C Outworld 18- 28°C
Humidity: Nest 40- 60% Outworld 30- 60%
Hibernation: Yes from the end of October to the end of March at 8- 5°C
Diet: Water (at all times). Carbohydrates like honey water/ sugar water or other. Protein like fresh-killed insects or other.
Colony form: Polygyne (Multiple queens per colony) Average 10,000 workers per colony.
Founding Queen: Claustral (without feeding)
Nest type: Acrylic, Y tong, Natural setup.
Sizes: Queen- 8mm/ Worker- 2- 4mm
Bite/ Sting/ Formic acid: No
Description: Lasius flavus are best known as the yellow meadow ant. They are widely distributed throughout Europe and mainly nesting in untouched grasslands. Lasius flavus are a rather shy species and don't forage often in the early stages of the colonies life. One of the more prettier species in England with a nice golden/ yellow colour. The Queens are often mistaking for Lasius niger queens but you can tell the difference as flavus have a subtle yellow glow and yellow legs while also being smaller.
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