|Above ground, and especially in the UK, are known to utilize bird nests or abandoned rodent nests.
It feeds on flowering plants, visiting plants of the Pea family almost exclusively..
The queen is black with a yellow collar, another yellow band on the
first abdominal segment, and red colouration on the tail. The male
has a wider yellow collar, yellow colouration on both terga 1
and 2, and a red tail, also. The workers are similar to the queen, but
often with less yellow colouration; usually the abdominal, yellow band
is more or less missing.
15 - 17 mm long.
10 - 14 mm long.
11 - 13 mm long.
March - July.