Lasius neglectus (Van Loon, Boomsma & Andrásfalvy, 1990)

Invasive garden ant
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Description 1

These ants measure between 2.5-3 mm, the queens between 5.5-6 mm and the males 2.5 mm. Jaws with 7 teeth, the first segment of the antenna has no hair, and generally the feet do not either. Yellow-brown colour, with a slightly paler thorax. More than one working queen in a nest (super colonies).

Biology 1

The queens stay underground and are unable to fly, therefore their dispersion is limited. They do not build elaborate nests, generally setting them up under flat stones, leave litter or, in urban environments, within electronic devices.

Habitat 1

They prefer urban or semi-urban environments with trees in which they can find lice to feed on. These ants are linked to altered habitats. They are found in urban areas: streets with traffic, urban forests, etc. or semi-urban areas.

Sources 1

Spanish Catalogue of Exotic Invasive Species and Document sheets of the Exotic Invasive Species Act 630/2013 (GEIB)

Spanish Catalogue of Exotic Invasive Species - Non-crustaceans arthropods 1

http://www.mapama.gob.es/es/biodiversidad/temas/conservacion-de-especies/especies-exoticas-invasoras/ce_eei_artropodos_nc.aspx

Fuentes y Créditos

  1. Adaptado por INVASORES - administrador de un trabajo de (c) cartotragsatec, algunos derechos reservados (CC BY), http://natusfera.gbif.es/guide_taxa/1825

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