Lasius Niger the common black garden ant.
If you live in the UK then in some form or another you know Lasius Niger, the black garden ant, even if its just their nuptial flight which has been dubbed “Flying Ant Day”
The nuptial flight of this species is so large its tracked from space.
Check out these articles from Science alert in 2019 & the BBC in 2020.
This humble little ant is found across the world, some places its native, some places its become invasive, UK, Europe, North America, South America, Asia and Australasia.
Australasia makes up -
Whilst Ant Maps, throw many of its locations into question, one thing is for certain, Lasius are an incredibly well adaptable species, able to tolerate a huge variance in environmental factors, heat, humidity, mixed with being highly successful scavenger's & farmer's of aphids.
They make for great pets being very easy to care for and begin a journey into ant keeping.
Lasius Niger are monogyne, meaning they have a single Queen, the workers are monomorphic, all the same shape and roughly the same size. They do not have specialised workers for various roles like species that have polymorphism.
Large colonies in rare cases can grow to be 40,000 strong, on average they are between 4000 - 7000 workers in a colony.
Lasius hibernate between October - March.
Much of the success of this species is attributed to their ability to adapt & scavenge, many have quickly adapted to the rigors of urban living taking advantage of human trash, their diet should consist of carbohydrates & proteins in the form of sugars & insects.
They will also consume fruits (be aware of possible pesticides), cooked chicken & prawns I found to be a Favourite.