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Species Lasius claviger - Smaller Yellow Ant

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon (Aculeata - Ants, Bees and Stinging Wasps)
Superfamily Formicoidea (Ants)
Family Formicidae (Ants)
Subfamily Formicinae
Tribe Lasiini
Genus Lasius (cornfield ants, citronella ants)
No Taxon (Subgenus Acanthomyops)
Species claviger (Smaller Yellow Ant)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Acanthomyops claviger
Acanthomyops parvula
Formica clavigera
Explanation of Names
Author of species is Julius Roger, 1862.
Identification
Pale, yellow-orange color and strong lemon-verbena smell
Habitat
Most commonly found in moist forests, under small logs or flat rocks
Life Cycle
Mating flights occur on warm, sunny afternoons in October. "They send up many queens because very few survive. To make things 10 times worse for these ants in particular, mating flights are held right before winter and L. claviger is a social parasite of other Lasius species.
L. claviger has to locate a host colony, sneak in, and assassinate the host queen while also taking her place.
Despite all these queens have to go through they can still outnumber their host 10 to 1, and they have almost no trouble surviving the winter on the surface." Comment by MrILoveTheAnts here.
Remarks
Most references are under the name Acanthomyops claviger
This is the most widely distributed and common of the eastern species of "citronella ants"