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How do I Recognize a Paper Wasp Queen?

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#1 Offline Antennal_Scrobe - Posted September 30 2019 - 2:16 PM

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So I just caught what I think is a queen wasp (Polistes dominula) from the side of my house, just based on the behavior and timing. How can I actually tell if she is a queen without using other wasps for comparison?


Currently keeping:

 

Tetramorium immigrans, Pogonomyrmex occidentalis

Myrmica punctiventris, Formica subsericea

Formica pallidefulva, Aphaeogaster cf. rudis

Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Camponotus nearcticus

Crematogaster cerasi

Temnothorax ambiguus

Prenolepis imparis


#2 Offline Manitobant - Posted September 30 2019 - 3:07 PM

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I am wondering this too.

#3 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted September 30 2019 - 3:10 PM

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Are the antennae short, or long? If long, it's a male. If short, a queen. The workers in colonies are dead now, so your pretty safe.
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#4 Offline Antennal_Scrobe - Posted September 30 2019 - 4:02 PM

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the antennae are pretty long, and have a sort of hook at the end. I think it is a male.


Currently keeping:

 

Tetramorium immigrans, Pogonomyrmex occidentalis

Myrmica punctiventris, Formica subsericea

Formica pallidefulva, Aphaeogaster cf. rudis

Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Camponotus nearcticus

Crematogaster cerasi

Temnothorax ambiguus

Prenolepis imparis


#5 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted September 30 2019 - 4:38 PM

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Yup. Male.
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