Lasius nearcticus
  • Lasius nearcticus

    Lasius nearcticus is an orange subterranean beginner-level species. It is very similar to Lasius brevicornis, but gets a bit larger and is just as energetic. 


    STATES AVAILABLE TO BUY LASIUS NEARCTICUS: Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

    • Species Info

      Lasius nearcticus is a small, orange, sugar-loving species from the forests of North America. They tend aphids underground for most of the time. 


      This species loves sugars (honey, sugarwater) and will readily take most protein, especially fruit flies and crickets. 


      This species does benefit from heat, especially with their brood. They don't always prefer it, though, so make sure to give them a heat gradient.


      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 5-8 weeks, usually around 6-7 weeks. Colonies may grow slow for their first year or two, but usually by the 2nd or 3rd year of development the colony is in the hundreds or above 1000.


      Queen size: 6-8mm

      Worker size: 2.5-4.5mm

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      Shipping happens from Monday-Wednesday. During the winter, shipping may cost more due to the need of a heat pack. 

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