Yellow meadow ant – Lasius flavus – Extremely agile and durable insect

Yellow meadow ant - Lasius flavus - Extremely agile and durable insect

Yellow meadow ant – Lasius flavus – Extremely agile and durable insect.
 
This is one of the most numerous species of ants inhabiting our latitude. Most often it chooses open spaces, such as meadows, pastures, gardens, ditches, etc. Sometimes nests are built under stones or rotting stumps, in damp places.

Workers and males are 3 to 4 mm long, while the queen is 7 to 9 mm long. The size of the colony reaches several thousand. These ants lead a subterranean lifestyle, feeding on the honeydew of the root aphids they grow. Interestingly, crustaceans Platyarthrus hoffmannseggii live in their nests, feeding on the remains of honeydew.

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