|scientific name Lasius claviger |
Seem to be adaptable to warm habitats including along forest edges, sandy soil, grasslands, and pine stands (Wheeler and Wheeler, 1963).
May through to September.
Workers are a golden yellow color and range from ~2.5-3.5 mm in length (Creighton, 1950). They have a distinctive sharp crest in the petiole scale and from the posterior has a notch in its top (Wheeler and Wheeler, 1963). They also have a reduced palp count to 3,3 and the first femur is covered in erect hairs (Wheeler and Wheeler, 1963). This ant and its relatives also give off a slight scent of citronella (Fisher and Cover, 2007).
Workers usually remain subterranean and have tunnels around plant roots where this ant tends aphids and coccids. Nests are built under rocks or in the soil (Wheeler and Wheeler, 1963). Queens have been reported to be temporary social parasites of other Lasius species until they begin producing their own workers (Fisher and Cover, 2007).
Not of concern.
Rely almost exclusively on aphids, but will also scavenge dead insects. (Wheeler and Wheeler, 1963 and Fisher and Cover, 2007).
Found throughout most of central North America (Wheeler and Wheeler, 1963). In Alberta have only been reported from the Kinsella Ranch, but are probably found in a wide range of habitats, but are rarely seen because of their subterranean nature.
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