Yellow Meadow Ant
Lasius flavus (featured), Lasius (flavus group).
Wide spread across central Europe, some parts of N. Africa, N. America and Asia.
These ant are subterranean meaning that they mostly live underground. Their nest mounds are commonly seen on in lawns and pastures.
Anything sweet. Seeds. Small insects that crawl into their nest. Occasionally farm under-ground coccids and aphids.
Established colonies can have around 5000 ants.
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.
8mm, dark orange, mostly monogyn (one queen per colony).
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