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Best Answer ponerinecat , October 6 2020 - 12:30 PM

Vespula sp. Maybe a queen if it is that large?

I believe it's a male based on antennae.

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#1 Offline AntsDakota - Posted October 6 2020 - 11:10 AM

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I found this wasp on my garage floor. I was thinking it was Polistes sp., and perhaps a queen?

Location of collection: Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Date of collection: 10/6/20
Habitat of collection: garage floor, suburban landscape
Length: 18 mm rough estimate (sorry, don’t have a ruler with me)




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"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


#2 Offline Devi - Posted October 6 2020 - 11:26 AM

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I wish I could help but for me, a wasp looks like a wasp.  I'm only experienced about ant IDs.  Lol



#3 Offline NickAnter - Posted October 6 2020 - 12:13 PM

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Vespula sp. Maybe a queen if it is that large?


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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

 

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#4 Offline ponerinecat - Posted October 6 2020 - 12:30 PM   Best Answer

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Vespula sp. Maybe a queen if it is that large?

I believe it's a male based on antennae.


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#5 Offline NickAnter - Posted October 6 2020 - 12:31 PM

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Okay, I am by no means a wasp expert.


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...


#6 Offline AntsDakota - Posted October 6 2020 - 1:40 PM

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Vespula sp. Maybe a queen if it is that large?

I believe it's a male based on antennae.
Ah, ok. That makes sense. Too bad, though......

"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


#7 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted October 6 2020 - 3:49 PM

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Consider Vespula germanica. It is a male btw.


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#8 Offline gcsnelling - Posted October 6 2020 - 4:44 PM

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I agree, male.


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#9 Offline AntsDakota - Posted October 7 2020 - 6:08 AM

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Alright, thanks guys. I guess I'll have to catch myself a queen next spring.


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#10 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted October 7 2020 - 10:58 AM

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Alright, thanks guys. I guess I'll have to catch myself a queen next spring.

it does sound fun to keep a colony of wasps. although a colony of bees would be cooler. i do have someone i could ask if you want a queen bee. he mates them every year.


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