Name: Black Garden Ant
Scientific name: Lasius niger
Nature Stars: 30
About: Common in gardens. In the summer, winged adults appear, the 'flying ants' which disperse in large numbers to mate and form new colonies.
How to identify: The common small black ant in gardens, and may also turn up indoors, searching for sugary food.
Fantastic fact: There may be as many as 15,000 Black Garden Ants in a single colony!
Photograph credit: Anders Lennver