Lasius Niger Queen Ant + Workers
*** These Lasius Niger ants are now hibernating for winter in a temperature controlled environment. They will be available for purchase again sometime from February - March 2021 ***
Lasius Niger ants, also known as 'black ants' are very common in the United Kingdom.
They are very easy to look after and are perfect for beginner ant keepers.
Simply provide them with a temperature of between 20-27°C (room temperature) in the nest and a humidity of between 10-50% plus some additional honey and protein and they will be very happy.
You can feed Lasius Niger ants sugar water or honey, but we find ours love Ant Nectar. As a protein source you can feed them fruit flies, meal worms and other small insects. We always recommend feeding your colony dead insects. To make sure there are no harmful bacteria in the protein source, we recommend either quickly boiling the dead insects, or freeze them in the freezer. Your local pet store should stock meal worms and fruit flies, and these can be kept in the freezer for many months meaning they are not wasted.
Lasius Nigers should be hibernated during winter months (late October to late March) as they would do in the wild. You can do this by keeping the ants at temperatures of between 5-10 degrees celsius. Don't let the temperature fall below 5 degrees as the ants could die.
Our queens with 'no workers' will have at least 1 egg.
Live arrival guarantee
We care for the ants a great deal, so we don't just send them out in a jiffy bag with the test tube inside. Our queens, within their test tubes, are carefully placed within a cut-to-size piece of pipe insulation, and are then wrapped in bubble wrap. This is then placed in a strong mailing box. Our queens might be slightly more expensive than elsewhere because of this extra care, but you can be sure you are buying a strong queen and she will be packaged securely with a 'live arrival guarantee'. We have never had a queen die before arrival, but if she has somehow not survived the journey, please contact us and we will replace her, or refund you. We might ask for some evidence in the form of photos, or even ask for her to be shipped back to us at our expense to investigate what happened. The live arrival guarantee is only valid until arrival.
We will not send out ants on Fridays or Saturdays or in periods of extreme hot or cold weather. We don't want the queens sitting in any extremes of temperature in a van or sorting office longer than needed. Delivery is by '1st Class Signed For' post only, and please make sure that there will be someone around for delivery. The 'live arrival guarantee' is invalid if nobody is in to receive the ants and/or they are returned to the post or sorting office.