Yellow Meadow Ant Lasius flavus (Fabricius, 1782)
Often referred to as the Yellow Meadow Ant, Lasius flavus is rarely seen above ground level, hence the less well developed eyes compared to other species. The presence of colonies is easily given away by the large grass-covered mounds, which are common in open fields. It is also regularly found in garden lawns, where regular grass cutting stops the creation of mounds. Lasius flavus colonies feed largely on honeydew provided by Aphids which are "farmed" on grass stems and roots growing below ground.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Lasius flavus
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Sherwood Forest Trust (2008 Oak Tree Heath invertebrate survey). Netherfield Wildlife Group. Andy Godfrey (2006 Sherwood Heath SSSI invertebrate survey). Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Tim Sexton. Sherwood Forest Invertebrate Directory 2014. Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Damian Taylor. Peter Acton. Barry Lygo. David Shaw.

You can contribute your own records to help us gain an accurate status of this species in Nottinghamshire. Send an Excel spreadsheet of your records via the 'contact us' link at the top of the homepage.

Updated January 2022

copyright Trevor and Dilys Pendleton ( . .
Ants, Bees and Wasps Photo Gallery - Thumbnail version
Ants, Bees and Wasps Photo Gallery - Text version