Yellow Meadow Ant

The Yellow Meadow Ant (Lasius flavus) is a small insect. It is also known as the Yellow Hill Ant.

The Yellow Meadow Ant varies from yellow to light-brown. It has a head, abdomen, and thorax with six legs.

Yellow Meadow Ant

The queen ant measures about 1 centimetre (about half and inch) long. 

It is common to central Europe, Asia, and north Africa. It prefers to live in meadows, lawns, and gardens. 

It feeds on the honeydew from root aphids, an insect that lives near its nest. 

The Yellow Meadow Ant nests under large rocks or tree logs. 

It lives in a large colony of over 10 million individuals, with a queen ant, drone ants (winged ants called alates), and worker ants (female ants that cannot have babies). Only the queen ant can have babies.

The queen ant lays up to a million eggs. 

[Location of photographs: Phnom Penh, Cambodia]

Photographer: Martina Nicolls


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