Some ant queens will find a queen with an established nest to kill and impersonate. To sneak into the nest they first find and kill a worker ant for its scent.

Lasius umbratus

Lasius umbratus, colloquially known as the yellow shadow ant and yellow lawn ant, is a palearctic species of parasitic ant distributed across Eurasia and the Maghreb region of Africa. It was once thought that this species occurred in North America as well, but comparative genomic studies indicate the Afro-Eurasian and American populations are discrete and not closely related enough to represent a single species. The North American populations are now treated as a different species, Lasius aphidicola.

The queens of this species seek out a Lasius niger worker ant, to first kill in order to gain the worker ant’s scent and then to discreetly sneak inside a Lasius niger nest. Once inside the Lasius umbratus queen finds the Lasius niger queen… Continue Reading (1 minute read)

13 thoughts on “Some ant queens will find a queen with an established nest to kill and impersonate. To sneak into the nest they first find and kill a worker ant for its scent.”

  1. durianisking

    That’s some metal gear skills right there. Sneaking past thousands and thousands of ants to kill their queen.

    Infiltration, impersonation and finally integration.

  2. Logothetes

    Ant conspiracy theories!

  3. byxmx

    >The [queens](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen_ant) of this species seek out a [*Lasius niger*](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_garden_ant) [worker ant](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Worker_ant), to first kill in order to gain the worker ant’s [scent](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pheromones) and then to discreetly sneak inside a *Lasius niger* nest. Once inside the *Lasius umbratus* queen finds the *Lasius niger* queen, and kills her. The worker ants will care for the new queen’s larvae and slowly the colony will be made up of only *Lasius umbratus* individuals.

    dat efficiency of replacing whole colony with its own kind, with just two kills.

  4. Upstairs-Trifle6911

    she’s a killer queen

  5. Unlucky-Pomegranate3

    A Song of Ice and Fire Ants

  6. No-Pizda-For-You

    There was a colony in my yard where the exact same thing happened, but the worker ants were not happy and this led to days and nights of protests by Ant-ifa

  7. NotSeveralBadgers

    Sure, when an ant does it it’s a fascinating nature fact. I try the same thing and suddenly I’m “under arrest” and “banned from Dairy Queen”.

  8. Theycallmelizardboy

    How on earth did they discover this?

  9. Beardedsinger

    we need a new sim ants

  10. ms_horseshoe

    “The queen is dead!”

    “…. Oh well”

    “Long live the queen!”

  11. 1houndgal

    Some ant queens will do anything for power. Even kill and use the scent of a corpse of a worker ant to take on an established ant queen. Hard life being an ant queen. Hard death for worker ants. Why does the working class always ended up being used by the elite class?

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