The black garden ant (Lasius niger) is a formicine ant, the type species of the subgenus Lasius, found all over Europe and in some parts of North America and Asia. It is monogynous, meaning colonies have a single queen.
|Queen phenotype||7–9 mm long, colour black|
|Worker phenotype||3–5 mm long, colour dark brown almost black|
|Nest building||Nests underground, commonly under stones, but also in rotten wood|
|Nutrition||Nectar, small insects, seeds, will farm aphids|
Lasius niger is host to a number of temporary social parasites of the Lasius mixtus group including Lasius mixtus and Lasius umbratus.
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