Jump to content

  • Chat
  •  
  •  



Welcome to Formiculture.com!

This is a website for anyone interested in Myrmecology and all aspects of finding, keeping, and studying ants. The site and forum are free to use. Register now to gain access to all of our features. Once registered and logged in, you will be able to create topics, post replies to existing threads, give reputation points to your fellow members, get your own private messenger, post status updates, manage your profile and so much more. If you already have an account, login here - otherwise create an account for free today!

Photo
- - - - -

Antennal_Scrobe's Off-Topic Journal - Bald Faced Hornet Queen

spider insect journal

  • Please log in to reply
14 replies to this topic

#1 Offline Antennal_Scrobe - Posted October 11 2019 - 2:30 PM

Antennal_Scrobe

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 933 posts
  • LocationMilwaukee, Wisconsin

I'm currently looking to find a Dysdera crocata woodlouse spider, though it is quite cold outside and I'm not sure they would still be out. They eat isopods and are a cool orange color, with large fangs to pierce the armor of their prey. I don't know how to care for a spider, but I'll try an AC test tube + test tube portal setup, as I know them to be subterranean, and not the web building type. I know nothing about spiders so if anyone here does that would be great.


Edited by Antennal_Scrobe, October 20 2019 - 8:31 AM.

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 ponerinecat - Posted October 11 2019 - 2:36 PM

ponerinecat

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 2,648 posts
  • LocationCalifornia

They build webs to lay eggs, and sometimes surround their tunnels in webs. give them dirt to dig in.


  • Antennal_Scrobe likes this

#3 Offline Antennal_Scrobe - Posted October 11 2019 - 6:59 PM

Antennal_Scrobe

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 933 posts
  • LocationMilwaukee, Wisconsin

Would a petri dish be good?


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


#4 Offline ponerinecat - Posted October 12 2019 - 9:19 AM

ponerinecat

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 2,648 posts
  • LocationCalifornia

yes

however they could be easily disturbed by opening it


  • Antennal_Scrobe likes this

#5 Offline Antennal_Scrobe - Posted October 19 2019 - 11:14 AM

Antennal_Scrobe

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 933 posts
  • LocationMilwaukee, Wisconsin

I caught a bald faced hornet queen (Dolichovespula maculata) in the woods today, under a stick. I would really like some advice on how to care for her.


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


#6 Offline Antennal_Scrobe - Posted October 20 2019 - 8:24 AM

Antennal_Scrobe

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 933 posts
  • LocationMilwaukee, Wisconsin

The hornet queen is now in a test tube setup, tucked away in the back of the fridge (Ask forgiveness not permission, right?). I don't know how appropriate a test tube is for this queen, but once she cools down to 40 or so degrees she probably won't try to escape.


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


#7 Offline Manitobant - Posted October 20 2019 - 9:29 AM

Manitobant

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 2,120 posts
  • LocationWinnipeg, Canada
A test tube will last until after hibernation.

#8 Offline Da_NewAntOnTheBlock - Posted October 20 2019 - 9:31 AM

Da_NewAntOnTheBlock

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 1,540 posts
  • LocationIllinois

Very interesting. I forgot a good wasp thread that could probably still apply for this situation. Let me see if i can find it


There is a important time for everything, important place for everyone, an important person for everybody, and an important ant for each and every ant keeper and myrmecologist alike


#9 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted November 21 2019 - 11:49 AM

TennesseeAnts

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 4,787 posts
  • LocationNashville, Tennessee
I have two hibernating Dolichovespula maculata queens and a few Polistes queens.
  • Antennal_Scrobe likes this

#10 Offline Mdrogun - Posted November 21 2019 - 11:57 AM

Mdrogun

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 942 posts
  • LocationGainesville, FL

I have one Dolichovespula maculata queen currently hibernating. When should we take them out? She's been in hibernation for a solid 2-ish months now. I'm assuming their hibernation is almost identical to ants.


Currently Keeping:
Trachymyrmex septentrionalis

Pheidole pilifera

Forelius sp. (Monogynous, bicolored) "Midwestern Forelius"
Crematogaster cerasi

Pheidole bicarinata

Aphaenogaster rudis

Camponotus chromaiodes

Formica sp. (microgena species)

Nylanderia cf. arenivega


#11 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted November 21 2019 - 1:17 PM

TennesseeAnts

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 4,787 posts
  • LocationNashville, Tennessee
Take her out once warm weather comes, and you see wild wasps out and about.
  • Antennal_Scrobe likes this

#12 Offline Antennal_Scrobe - Posted May 15 2020 - 9:43 AM

Antennal_Scrobe

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 933 posts
  • LocationMilwaukee, Wisconsin

I've just taken her out of the fridge, and she is now in one of those butterfly raising mesh cage things that I had in my garage from a few years back. There are several big sticks propped up in there, a dish of honey for food and some flaky old wood and plant stems for paper making. If she doesn't use those, I'll add some cardboard from a package. Does anyone who has kept these before know what nest materials I should give this queen?


  • ANTdrew and AntsDakota like this

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


#13 Offline AntsDakota - Posted May 15 2020 - 10:07 AM

AntsDakota

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 3,803 posts
  • LocationSioux Falls, South Dakota

I've just taken her out of the fridge, and she is now in one of those butterfly raising mesh cage things that I had in my garage from a few years back. There are several big sticks propped up in there, a dish of honey for food and some flaky old wood and plant stems for paper making. If she doesn't use those, I'll add some cardboard from a package. Does anyone who has kept these before know what nest materials I should give this queen?

Perhaps I'll try keeping wasps/hornets sometime. I'm pretty sure I saw a Polistes queen (I know it was Polistes, just not sure if it was a queen) on my deck a few times.


  • Antennal_Scrobe likes this

"God made..... all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. (including ants) And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:25 NIV version


#14 Offline NickAnter - Posted May 15 2020 - 2:06 PM

NickAnter

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 3,071 posts
  • LocationOrange County, California

I wouldn't keep her in a mesh butterfly container. They chew wood into pulp. That means they can chew through thin mesh no problem.


  • Antennal_Scrobe and AntsDakota like this

Species being kept:

 

Solenopsis truncorum, Solenopsis "plebeius", Solenopsis validiuscula, Solenopsis sp., Solenopsis xyloni, Solenopsis amblychila, Camponotus vicinus, Camponotus maritimus, Formica cf. subaenescens, Formica cf. aerata, Lasius cf. americanus, Lasius aphidicola, Lasius brevicornis, Lasius nr claviger, Pheidole navigans, Nylanderia vividula, Aphaenogaster occidentalis, Temnothorax rudis, Temnothorax cf. nitens, Pogonomyrmex californicus, and Strumigenys membranifera

 

People are stupid. It explains a lot...


#15 Offline Antennal_Scrobe - Posted May 19 2020 - 9:42 AM

Antennal_Scrobe

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 933 posts
  • LocationMilwaukee, Wisconsin

I ended up releasing her-I don't think I really could have provided the proper care. I still might use this thread, though, as I've been considering keeping a blue death feigning beetle. These are apparently one of the best and easiest invertebrates to care for, as they like room temperature and don't require any insects or other complicated foods (some cat food and a carrot slice once or twice a week is pretty much ideal).


  • AntsDakota likes this

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






Also tagged with one or more of these keywords: spider, insect, journal

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users