A very common, undemanding, monogyn, claustral ant species, that adapts very well to various conditions. They establish quite large colonies of several thousand individuals. The workers are 3-4mm long, they have brownish color. In the nature, they nest underground. They prefer loose, even sandy soil, but capable of settling almost everywhere. They often care aphids on plants, because of their honeydew. Workers foraging on plants and at ground level as well. They are aggressive, they use their mandibles and formic acid both for attack and defense. Queen is tough, tolerates temporary water or food shortages. Their lifetime is usually 5-10 years, but under the right conditions they can live up to 20-30 years!
Food: Honey and insects.
Colony size: They multiply quickly. In the second year, they can reach a few hundred workers. Eggs need 6-8 weeks to develop into mature workers (depending on temperature).
Hibernation: 5-8 °C, November-March.