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Black Garden Ants - killing an ant queen (Young queen)
Black Garden Ants - killing an ant queen (Young queen)

Black garden ant
The black garden ant (Lasius niger) is widespread in Europe, Asia, Africa and America. The queens are 8 to 9 mm in length, workers, 3 to 5 mm, and males up to 5 mm in length.
Lasius niger - killing a young queen
Lasius niger - killing a young queen
Black garden ants are active from March on. They live in forest edges and in grasslands and prefer shade and moist habitats. They feed on honeydew from aphids and mealybug that the ants hijack or caringly hold as animals.
Black garden ants mate in July. The males, whose life expectancy is only a few days, then die, while the young queen discards her wings and goes off in search of a suitable nesting ground. After the Queen has laid her eggs she looks after them for some time until the workers hatch , then they care for the brood. Later they also expand the nest above ground. The queens, who can live up to the age of 29 , lay several thousand eggs in their lifetime. After 14 days the larvae hatch . The larvae pupate after 2 weeks. After a month the adult ants hatch.
Insectivores are natural enemies of the Black garden ant. A colony of ants may comprise 500 insects, including the queen.

Lasius (Lasius) niger
Common namesBlack Garden Ant, Garden Ant, Common black ant, Small Black Ant, Common black garden ant, Black Ant
German namesSchwarzgraue Wegameise, Schwarze Wegameise, Mattschwarze Wegameise, Schwarze Gartenameise, Wegameise, Schwarzbraune Gartenameise, Schwarzbraune Wegameise
Dutch namesWegmier, Zwartbruine wegmier
Danish namesSort Havemyre
Finnish namesMauriainen, Sokerimuurahainen, Pihamauriainen
Norwegian namesSvart jordmaur
Swedish namesTrädgårdsmyra
AuthorCarl von Linné (Carl Nilsson Linnæus), 1758

North Europe (British Isles (United Kingdom (Great Britain (England (English Midlands (East Midlands (Leicestershire)), North England (Northwest England (Cheshire))))), Ireland), Germany (West Germany (North Rhine-Westphalia)), Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, Denmark), Fennoscandia (Finland), Baltic region (Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania))), West Europe (Austria, France (South France (Corsica)), Switzerland, Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg), Liechtenstein, Channel Islands), South Europe (Italy (Italy Islands (Sicily, Sardinia), North Italy, South Italy), Iberian Peninsula (Spain, Portugal, Gibraltar, Andorra), Monaco), Central Europe (Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic (Moravia, Bohemia), Slovakia), Southeast Europe (Romania, Yugoslavia (Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia (Republic of Macedonia), Serbia and Montenegro (Montenegro)), Bulgaria, Greece, Albania), East Europe (Belarus)
Far East (East Asia (China (Central China (North-central China (Hunan, Henan, Hubei)), West China (Southwest China (Tibet (Xizang), Yunnan, Sichuan, Guizhou), Northwest China (Gansu, Shaanxi, Xinjiang, Ningxia)), East China (Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Fujian, Anhui, Shandong), North China (Beijing, Hebei, Shanxi), Manchuria (Jilin, Heilongjiang, Liaoning)), Taiwan, Japan, Mongolia, Korea (North Korea, South Korea))), West Asia (Near East (Turkey)), South Asia (Afghanistan, Himalaya), Central Asia (Turkestan (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan)), North Asia
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AuthorLinnaeus, 1758
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