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Black Garden Ant

Black Garden Ant
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Copyright: Venkatesh BJ (venkateshbj) (6)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-31
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D 60, 18-55mm, 4 GB Sandisk Ext II, Kood 52mm UV Filter
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-13 2:28
Viewed: 2797
Points: 0
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Black Garden Ant

The black garden ant (Lasius niger) is a formicine ant, the type species of the subgenus Lasius, found all over Europe and in some parts of North America and Asia. It is monogynous, meaning colonies have a single queen.

Nuptial flights happen at various times in the year throughout the species' range; in North America they usually occur during the autumn, whereas in Europe they generally take place during the hot summer months of July and August. Flights can contain thousands of winged males and females. L. niger is considered a pest in most areas.

Disparities between local weather conditions can cause nuptial flights to be out of phase amongst widespread populations of L. niger. During long-lasting, hot summers, flights can take place simultaneously across the country, but overcast weather with local patches of sunshine results in a far less synchronised emergence of alates (winged individuals).

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