Black Garden Ant

Name: Black Garden Ant

Scientific name: Lasius niger

Category: Minibeasts

Nature Stars: 30

What are nature stars?

About: Common in gardens. In the summer, winged adults appear, the 'flying ants' which disperse in large numbers to mate and form new colonies.

How to identify: The common small black ant in gardens, and may also turn up indoors, searching for sugary food.

Where: Widespread

Natural Superpowers

  • Predator: 60
  • Agility: 50
  • Rarity: 20
  • Cute factor: 30
  • Traveller: 20

Fantastic fact: There may be as many as 15,000 Black Garden Ants in a single colony!

Photograph credit: Anders Lennver

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