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I have an ant queen in a jar. This is what she looks like:

black ant queen captured in jar

Because I'm planning to start an artificial ant nest, I'd like to learn something about that specific species of ant. This particular queen is very common in the Czech Republic, central Europe. It's also very common in cities.

  1. Could you tell what kind of queen is that?
  2. Is there any image reference that would help me find out? Ideally with some location search possibility.
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I am not an expert of ants, but it looks very much like the common black garden ant. – skymningen Jul 21 '14 at 6:19
For a moment, I hoped she will be some special badass ant queen. But I love her anyway. – Tomáš Zato Jul 21 '14 at 20:30
up vote 2 down vote accepted

As @skymnige said it is definitely Black garden ant (Lasius niger)

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