Lasius claviger
  • Lasius claviger

    Lasius claviger is a red/orange species with difficult founding but straightforward care. Temporary social parasite. 


    STATES AVAILABLE TO BUY LASIUS CLAVIGER: All Continental States EXCEPT Vermont, West Virginia, Texas, Arizona, Nevada, California, Idaho, Oregon, California

    • Species Info

      Lasius claviger is an interesting species to keep. They're part of a group of ants called Citronella Ants (Acanthomyops) which make a citronella smell when disturbed. The queen is dark red/brown while the workers are orange. The queens require host workers to begin a colony, typically of the species Lasius americanus. Only experienced antkeepers should purchase solo queens with the intention of introducing them to host workers. 


      This species will accept both sugars and protein, but tends to prioritize sugars due to their subterranean tendences in the wild. Fruit flies probably work best as a protein source. 


      Lasius claviger doesn't require heating but may benefit from it sometimes. If you decide to heat them, establish a heating gradient in 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 7-11 weeks, usually about 8-9 weeks. Colonies can reach large numbers depending on how many host workers were given initially. Queens tend to lay in large batches, so colonies can reach the hundreds or thousands within the first 1-3 years. 


      Queen size: 6-8mm

      Worker size: 3-5mm



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