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Lasius niger colony queen and 10+ workers

Lasius niger colony queen and 10+ workers


Lasius niger, the black or brown garden ant. Ant colony with gyne (queen), brood and more than 10 workers.

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Ant colony Lasius niger 10+ workers


The Lasius niger species is also called black or brown garden ant. Our ant colonies consist of a queen with brood and several workers. This number depends on the number of eggs that developed into ant (egg-larva-pupa-ant). This colony has 10 or more workers and the workers are thus hatched by the queen ant itself.

Suitable for

The ant colony is intended for the ant farms of acrylic, gypsum and sand. We also recommend the use of an arena. The ants use the arena to get their nourishment and bring their garbage. Some of our products and offers have integrated an arena. For the first period of time the test tube has enough space for the colony. So they develop from the test tube. 

On several Ant Farms You can find this ant colony in a special offer price. If you are looking for ants to use in a gel ant farm, we recommend the ant family.


The nutrition set above is a complete diet for this ant species. The set includes sugar water, honeydew, and fruit flies. This start set is sufficient for the first few months.

Packing and Shipping

In the image you see how we actually supply the ant colony. The colony is in a test tube with a water supply in order to keep the tube nest partially damp. After receipt the colony can be kept in the tube up to a few weeks without any care. We give a 2 weeks warranty for the life of the queen. Does the queen arrive dead or if she dies within a few weeks, we will provide a replacement colony for free.

Specifications and information

Scientific name Lasius niger
Common used name Black (or brown) garden ant
Difficulty Class 1. beginner
Queen | Gyne: 8-9 mm
Workers: 3-6 mm
Type colony: Monogyn, one queen per nest
Type of housing: Sand Nests, relatively deep, often under stones
Temperature: Room temperature, 15-30 degrees
Hibernation: No, but a rest period. Our advice: slightly cooler 
around 10-15 degrees during November-February. For example, in the basement, a cooler attic or barn. 
Our experience: even if you keep this species in winter on room temperature the ant colony will develop well.
Nutrition: Sugar or honey water and small insects: 
Our advice for smaller colonies: fruit flies.
Humidity: Our advice: Keep the nest part from your Ant Farm partially moisture.
Distribution: Western Europe
Ant Farm Advice: Acrylic, gypsum or sand, including the use of an Arena
Comments: Lasius niger is one of the most common ant species 
in Europe. You can find them everywhere in gardens, forests and 
on (below) the road. If you have patience you can breed and observe them in an Ant Farm. In most of the Ant Farms they grow into colonies with hundreds or a few thousand ants. And if you want your colony to become bigger, then of course you can always add extra housing parts.


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