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Manitobant’s Dolichovespula Maculata (bald faced hornet) Journal (discontinued)


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#1 Offline Manitobant - Posted May 4 2019 - 4:58 PM

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For my first attempt at wasp keeping I have somehow ended up with one of the hardest species. This bald faced hornet queen was collected while hibernating by a friend and I have moved her into a standard wasp keeping setup which contains paper, cardboard and wood to build her nest. I also put in a tree branch because that is what these wasps most commonly use as nest sites.

The queen: http://www.formicult...0190504-173522/

The queen in her setup: http://www.formicult...0190504-174012/

Edited by Manitobant, May 12 2019 - 3:35 PM.


#2 Offline ponerinecat - Posted May 5 2019 - 11:56 AM

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 You'll need a much bigger container than that. They build huge hives, unlike paperwasps.



#3 Offline Manitobant - Posted May 5 2019 - 5:13 PM

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You'll need a much bigger container than that. They build huge hives, unlike paperwasps.

I’m planning to free range them when the colony gets bigger. Will that work?

#4 Offline ponerinecat - Posted May 5 2019 - 8:32 PM

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Yes. Attach them to a tree. You want to move them out while small or risk being stung 15 million times.



#5 Offline Acutus - Posted May 6 2019 - 5:50 AM

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Yes. Attach them to a tree. You want to move them out while small or risk being stung 15 million times.

 

Gee that sounds like fun!!  (n)  (n)

 

Good luck! I'm always amazed by the hives these guys build some of them get to be Huge!!


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#6 Offline Joehostile85 - Posted May 6 2019 - 8:12 AM

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Ok I didn’t even know keeping wasps was an option.

#7 Offline Manitobant - Posted May 12 2019 - 8:03 AM

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The queen unexpectedly died. She never started building a nest even after I placed everything I could to get her to build. This is also my first time and I'm hoping my next wasp queen will be much more successful.

Edited by Manitobant, May 12 2019 - 8:05 AM.


#8 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted November 14 2019 - 1:58 PM

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I just collected one of these and a Vespa crabro queen while they were hibernating.

#9 Offline Manitobant - Posted November 14 2019 - 3:26 PM

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I have 3 more of these queens and they are currently in hibernation.




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