Lasius neoniger
  • Lasius neoniger

    Lasius neoniger is a beginner-level species of small brown-yellow ants. They are energetic and love sugars. NOTE: Currently hibernating.



    • Species Info

      Lasius neoniger is  a beginner-level species of small brownish yellowish ants. They are very energetic and love sugars, and come from the prairies and fields of North America.


      Lasius neoniger enjoy sugars, such as honey and sugarwater, but also likes protein, such as crickets, fruit flies, mealworms, etc.


      Colonies greatly benefit from a heat source during brood development, but don't always want to be heated. If you do heat these ants, provide 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 weeks. Sometimes queens lay in batches. Colonies grow slowly for the first year or two, but around year 3 they tend to break into the hundreds of workers. 


      Queen size: 7-9mm

      Worker size: 3-4mm



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