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Wasp queen?


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#1 Offline Spazmops - Posted November 11 2020 - 3:38 PM

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I found this wasp hibernating with some beetles and millipedes. Is it a queen?

Queen(?)
Wasp queen 2

Edited by Spazmops, November 11 2020 - 4:12 PM.

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#2 Offline Swirlysnowflake - Posted November 11 2020 - 3:49 PM

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Can you get a top shot? 

i’m not an expert but the fact that it is fall and that the wasp was hibernating makes me thing its probably a queen because it doesn’t have curved antennae like a male, and workers probably are all dead.

is the weather where you found it cold?

and was it like on the ground?


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#3 Offline Spazmops - Posted November 11 2020 - 4:04 PM

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It was very cold and under one of those hay net logs they use for landscaping.


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2 Formica fusca group- 1 with brood, 1 with 3 nanitics

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1 Dorymyrmex insanus- 5 workers, lots of larvae

1 Pogonomyrmex occidentalis- 4 workers, a decent amount of brood

1 Lasius sp.- 2 workers, Brood

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#4 Offline Spazmops - Posted November 11 2020 - 4:13 PM

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I added a second picture, it's upside down for some reason.


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Ants I have:

2 Formica fusca group- 1 with brood, 1 with 3 nanitics

1 Tetramorium immigrans colony-10 workers

1 Dorymyrmex insanus- 5 workers, lots of larvae

1 Pogonomyrmex occidentalis- 4 workers, a decent amount of brood

1 Lasius sp.- 2 workers, Brood

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#5 Offline Swirlysnowflake - Posted November 11 2020 - 4:22 PM

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hmmm idk but that looks slightly like a solitary wasp

i might be wrong though, don’t release it just yet lol

you might have a few more people to help if you post this on arachnoboards 


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#6 Offline ponerinecat - Posted November 11 2020 - 5:19 PM

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Ichneumon wasp.


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#7 Offline Swirlysnowflake - Posted November 11 2020 - 5:21 PM

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Ichneumon wasp.

those are solitary?


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#8 Offline ponerinecat - Posted November 11 2020 - 5:24 PM

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Ichneumon wasp.

those are solitary?

 

Solitary parasites.


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#9 Offline Spazmops - Posted November 11 2020 - 6:50 PM

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Ichneumon wasp.

those are solitary?

 

Solitary parasites.

 

It doesn't look much like ichneumon to me... the gaster is much larger and not skinny. I could be wrong, but I was thinking it was some kind of parasite. I also don't know much about wasps, I'm just going off of pictures of incheumon I googled.


Edited by Spazmops, November 11 2020 - 6:51 PM.

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2 Formica fusca group- 1 with brood, 1 with 3 nanitics

1 Tetramorium immigrans colony-10 workers

1 Dorymyrmex insanus- 5 workers, lots of larvae

1 Pogonomyrmex occidentalis- 4 workers, a decent amount of brood

1 Lasius sp.- 2 workers, Brood

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#10 Offline ponerinecat - Posted November 11 2020 - 7:00 PM

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The genus Ichneumon, the very namesake of the group, is near identical to yours.

 

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#11 Offline Swirlysnowflake - Posted November 11 2020 - 7:07 PM

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The genus Ichneumon, the very namesake of the group, is near identical to yours.

 

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what do these wasps parasitize?


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