Sirhowy Hill Woodlands

Scientific name: Lasius niger

Black Garden Ant

The common hawker is a large hawker dragonfly which is on the wing from the end of June through to October. It is a species found mainly in the uplands of the north and west, particularly moorland pools and lakes as well as garden ponds. Hawkers are the largest and fastest flying dragonflies; they catch their insect-prey mid-air and can hover or fly backwards.

How to identify the Black Garden Ant?

The Black Garden Ant is the common small ant in gardens, which may also turn up indoors, searching for sugary food. Workers are small, wingless and brown-black, with nipped in waists, while the flying adults are larger and browner.

How can I help?

Black Garden Ants can be serious pests, particularly when they invade houses, but mostly they will live side-by-side with humans without cause for concern.

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Scientific Name:

Lasius niger


England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland


Length: 3mm



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