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How to get polistes to initiate a nest?


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#1 Offline Manitobant - Posted May 31 2020 - 1:18 PM

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I have 3 polistes dominula queens in 2 different standard setups and i was wondering how i get them to initiate a nest. Does feeding or sunlight help? Thanks!

Edited by Manitobant, May 31 2020 - 1:19 PM.

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#2 Offline VenomousBeast - Posted May 31 2020 - 1:35 PM

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I believe they need wood to start building as the nests consist of wood and saliva. 


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1:Pogonomymex occidentalis

4: Tetramorium immigrans

2 Reticulitermes flavipes


#3 Offline AntsDakota - Posted May 31 2020 - 4:49 PM

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Not that wood is too hard to come by, or anything.
Also, I can see why you put this in this sub forum, but shouldn’t this be in off-topic still?

"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


#4 Offline Manitobant - Posted May 31 2020 - 6:48 PM

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They have everything the need, I'm just waiting for them to start. How do i get them to start?

Edited by Manitobant, May 31 2020 - 6:49 PM.


#5 Offline AntsDakota - Posted May 31 2020 - 6:59 PM

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If she has everything she needs, she should start eventually. Just be patient.

"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


#6 Offline Flu1d - Posted April 9 2023 - 5:25 AM

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They have everything the need, I'm just waiting for them to start. How do i get them to start?


I know that this was years ago, however I see that you are still an active member and am curious if you were ever able to get any of your colonies going?

#7 Offline Manitobant - Posted April 9 2023 - 6:14 AM

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No I wasn’t, but i did end up collecting some nests with their first workers and those went really well.

#8 Offline Flu1d - Posted April 9 2023 - 6:20 AM

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No I wasn’t, but i did end up collecting some nests with their first workers and those went really well.


Do you by any chance still have any, or do you have a log/journal?

#9 Offline Manitobant - Posted April 9 2023 - 10:57 AM

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They only last one year and die in the winter so no.




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