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Lasius niger (Black garden ant)

Wikipedia Abstract

The black garden ant (Lasius niger), also known as the common black ant, is a formicine ant, the type species of the subgenus Lasius, found all over Europe and in some parts of North America and Asia. The European species was split into two species; L. niger is found in open areas, while L. platythorax is found in forest habitats. It is monogynous, meaning colonies have a single queen. Lasius niger is host to a number of temporary social parasites of the Lasius mixtus group including Lasius mixtus and Lasius umbratus.
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Maximum Longevity [1]  28 years

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Afon Eden – Cors Goch Trawsfynydd 702 Wales, United Kingdom
Avon Gorge Woodlands 376 England, United Kingdom
Ben Wyvis 13313 Scotland, United Kingdom
Breckland 18652 England, United Kingdom
Carmarthen Bay and Estuaries/ Bae Caerfyrddin ac Aberoedd 163340 Wales, United Kingdom
Cors Caron 2130 Wales, United Kingdom
Cors Fochno 1613 Wales, United Kingdom
Crymlyn Bog/ Cors Crymlyn 740 Wales, United Kingdom
Dee Estuary/ Aber Dyfrdwy 39057 England/Wales, United Kingdom
Dorset Heaths 14161 England, United Kingdom
Drigg Coast 3453 England, United Kingdom
Fenn`s, Whixall, Bettisfield, Wem and Cadney Mosses 2346 England/Wales, United Kingdom  
Firth of Lorn 51830 Scotland, United Kingdom
Gower Commons/ Tiroedd Comin Gwyr 4390 Wales, United Kingdom
Grogwynion 104 Wales, United Kingdom
Humber Estuary 90582 England, United Kingdom
Limestone Coast of South West Wales/ Arfordir Calchfaen de Orllewin Cymru 3940 Wales, United Kingdom  
Luce Bay and Sands 120487 Scotland, United Kingdom
Moray Firth 373987 Scotland, United Kingdom  
Morecambe Bay Pavements 6449 England, United Kingdom
Morvern Woods 4763 Scotland, United Kingdom
North Norfolk Coast 7926 England, United Kingdom  
North West Pembrokeshire Commons/ Comins Gogledd Orllewin Sir Benfro 615 Wales, United Kingdom  
Pen Llyn a`r Sarnau/ Lleyn Peninsula and the Sarnau 360832 Wales, United Kingdom
Preseli 6686 Wales, United Kingdom  
River Moriston 481 Scotland, United Kingdom
Rum 26775 Scotland, United Kingdom
Sefton Coast 11278 England, United Kingdom
Severn Estuary/ Môr Hafren 182155 England/Wales, United Kingdom
South Wight Maritime 49082 England, United Kingdom
Start Point to Plymouth Sound & Eddystone 84204 England, United Kingdom  
Strathglass Complex 58277 Scotland, United Kingdom
Sunart 25320 Scotland, United Kingdom
The Broads 14554 England, United Kingdom  
The New Forest 72309 England, United Kingdom
The Wash and North Norfolk Coast 266284 England, United Kingdom
Thursley, Ash, Pirbright and Chobham 12696 England, United Kingdom
Tulach Hill and Glen Fender Meadows 3912 Scotland, United Kingdom



Anguis fragilis (Slow Worm)[2]
Apodemus flavicollis (Yellow-necked mouse)[2]
Apodemus sylvaticus (Old World wood and field mouse)[2]
Carabus monilis[2]
Carduelis carduelis (European Goldfinch)[2]
Chloris chloris (European Greenfinch)[2]
Choerades gilva <Unverified Name>[3]
Choerades ignea <Unverified Name>[3]
Cicindela hybrida hybrida[2]
Dendrocopos medius (Middle Spotted Woodpecker)[2]
Dryocopus martius (Black Woodpecker)[2]
Eutolmus rufibarbis (Golden-tabbed Robber Fly)[3]
Garrulus glandarius (Eurasian Jay)[2]
Harpalus affinis[2]
Lanius collurio (Red-backed Shrike)[4]
Laphria flava (Bumblebee Robber Fly)[3]
Leptus trimaculatus <Unverified Name>[2]
Microdon analis[2]
Mustela putorius (European Polecat)[2]
Myodes glareolus (Bank vole)[2]
Notiophilus biguttatus[2]
Oenanthe oenanthe (Northern Wheatear)[2]
Philonicus albiceps[3]
Picus canus (Grey-headed Woodpecker)[2]
Picus viridis (European Green Woodpecker)[2]
Poecilus versicolor[2]
Saxicola rubetra (Whinchat)[2]
Sorex araneus (Eurasian shrew)[2]
Spinus spinus (Eurasian Siskin)[2]
Talpa europaea (European Mole)[2]
Troglodytes troglodytes (Eurasian Wren)[2]
Vanellus vanellus (Northern Lapwing)[2]
Zootoca vivipara louislantzi (Viviparous Lizard)[2]


Mutual (symbiont) 
Aphis acetosae[2]
Aphis brohmeri[2]
Aphis fabae (Bean aphid)[2]
Aphis sambuci (Elder Aphid)[2]
Aphis urticata[2]


Mutual (symbiont) 
Aphis fabae (Bean aphid)[2]
Parasitized by 
Allomermis lasiusi <Unverified Name>[5]
Pheromermis villosa <Unverified Name>[5]
Pollinator of 
Angelica polymorpha[6]
Angelica pubescens[6]
Anthriscus sylvestris (cow parsley)[7]
Anthriscus sylvestris subsp. nemorosus[6]
Brucea javanica[7]
Chamaecrista chamaecristoides (beach sensitive pea)[8]
Deutzia scabra (fuzzy pride-of-Rochester)[6]
Erigeron annuus (Annual fleabane)[6]
Glechoma hederacea (groundivy)[6]
Hydrangea paniculata (panicled hydrangea)[7]
Hypericum cistifolium (roundpod St. Johnswort)[6]
Rubus palmatus[6]
Rubus ulmifolius (elmleaf blackberry)[6]
Senna marilandica (Wild Senna)[8]
Strophostyles helvola[8]
Vaccinium myrtillus (myrtle blueberry)[6]
Viola arcuata[7]
Viola arcuata subsp. verecunda[6]




Attributes / relations provided by
1de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774
2Ecology of Commanster
3Predator-Prey Database for the family Asilidae (Hexapoda: Diptera) Prepared by Dr. Robert Lavigne, Professor Emeritus, University of Wyoming, USA and Dr. Jason Londt (Natal Museum, Pietermaritzburg)
4Diet composition and prey choice by the red-backed shrike Lanius collurio in western Poland, Piotr Tryjanowski, Malgorzata Karolina Karg, Jerzy Karg, Belg. J. Zool., 133 (2) : 157-162 (2003)
5Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
6Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
7Kato, M., T. Makutani, T. Inoue, and T. Itino. 1990. Insect-flower relationship in the primary beech forest of Ashu, Kyoto: an overview of the flowering phenology and seasonal pattern of insect visits. Contr. Biol. Lab. Kyoto Univ. 27:309-375.
8Robertson, C. Flowers and insects lists of visitors of four hundred and fifty three flowers. 1929. The Science Press Printing Company Lancaster, PA.
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