A black/orange species with a difficult founding but straightforward care. Temporary social parasite.
STATES AVAILABLE TO BUY LASIUS APHIDICOLA: All Continental States EXCEPT Oregon, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, California, Nevada
Lasius aphidicola is a very fun species to keep in captivity. The founding process, however, is difficult. We would only recommend that experienced antkeepers buy our solo queens. This species requires host workers, typically of the species Lasius americanus, to raise its first brood. The biological workers are bright orange, sugar-loving, and very energetic.
They will take many different forms of sugar and protein, however sometimes larger pieces of protein are abandoned. Fruit flies are always readily accepted by this species. They absolutely love sugars, which can be attributed to their subterranean tendencies in the wild.
This species does not need heating, but may move their brood to warmer parts of the nest. If you heat them, provide a heating gradient throughout the nest.
This species requires a diapause period. This period should last 3-4 months ideally. During this time, the ants need to be cooled down to a low temperature. Around 40 degrees fahrenheit is best. You can achieve diapause by placing the ants in a controlled cooling unit, such as a wine cooler, mini fridge, or regular fridge if temperatures are safe. If you cannot use any of these, a non-heated room which stays above freezing could work.
Brood development can take anywhere between 7-12 weeks, usually 8-9 weeks. Depending on how many host workers the queen was given at the start, colony size can skyrocket as large batches of eggs are laid. Colonies get into the thousands with time.
Queen size: 6-8mm
Worker size: 3-5mm
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