These queens flew in fall 2019 and have since overwintered naturally. They are all strong queens and have started laying eggs! Some even have workers!
Lasius Brevicornis has a dark colored queen but very brightly colored workers. This species and is found commonly all over North America, the queens and workers are a mix of black with yellow on their gasters. Under the sun or bright light, they are really eye-catching.
Queens are normally around 7-10mm while workers from 3-5mm.
The colonies of Lasius Brevicornis can grow to be huge and become very aggressive and territorial, they are very active and are also very good at escaping enclosures. They are also the host species to many of the slave-raiding and parasitic Lasius species all over Canada.
Overall, Lasius Brevicornis is a very satisfying ant to raise from a single queen into a huge colony, the brood develops super quickly so it wouldn't be long until you would have a blooming colony of Lasius Brevicornis!