Labor Day Lasius Ants (L. neoniger)
Lasius neoniger is a beginner-level species of small brown-yellow ants. They are energetic and love sugars! Found in every continental US state.
NOTE: Hibernation complete as of 12/20.
STATES AVAILABLE TO BUY LASIUS NEONIGER: All Continental States
General: 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.
Diet: Lasius neoniger enjoy sugars, such as honey and sugarwater, but also likes protein, such as crickets, fruit flies, mealworms, etc.
Temperature: 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.
Diapause: 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.
Growth: 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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Shipping happens from Monday-Wednesday. During the winter, shipping may cost more due to the need of a heat pack.