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#1 Offline AUGUAG - Posted March 3 2021 - 2:49 PM

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Hello again! It seems we've had another warm spell here in Roanoke and we've got a bunch of wasps thinking that it's time to come out of hibernation. This time I've got no idea whether she (?) is a paper wasp, a solitary wasp, or what she could be. Pictures don't really do her justice, but I tried adjusting them a bit to get an idea of her color scheme. One thing that I could not capture on camera but that could prove useful is that, in the sunlight, her wings were iridescent blue/indigo. Thanks in advance for the help!

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#2 Offline StrickyAnts - Posted March 3 2021 - 3:25 PM

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Its a foundress, looks like polistes fuscatus. 


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#3 Online Manitobant - Posted March 3 2021 - 3:43 PM

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Polistes metricus queen.

Edited by Manitobant, March 3 2021 - 3:44 PM.

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#4 Offline mmcguffi - Posted March 3 2021 - 4:07 PM

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Very cool! Polistes are neat

 

Random question -- are you a biologist? Your username means M* (start, stop) read as translated codons


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#5 Offline antsandmore - Posted March 3 2021 - 4:17 PM

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Hello again! It seems we've had another warm spell here in Roanoke and we've got a bunch of wasps thinking that it's time to come out of hibernation. This time I've got no idea whether she (?) is a paper wasp, a solitary wasp, or what she could be. Pictures don't really do her justice, but I tried adjusting them a bit to get an idea of her color scheme. One thing that I could not capture on camera but that could prove useful is that, in the sunlight, her wings were iridescent blue/indigo. Thanks in advance for the help!

hello, good job on your find! here's a link to a wasp/bee keeping discord that our fellow member stricky moderates: https://discord.gg/AXrVZWKpin this place you can talk about wasps, bees, and other animals. 


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Ants I am keeping:

  • Crematogaster colony, queen and 100+(?) workers
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#6 Offline AUGUAG - Posted March 3 2021 - 4:33 PM

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Thank you everyone, once again, for the help. She definitely seems more like Polistes metricus than fuscatas, but I appreciate all of the input nonetheless!
 

Very cool! Polistes are neat

 

Random question -- are you a biologist? Your username means M* (start, stop) read as translated codons

Hehe, I was wondering when I was going to get questioned about that. I am not employed as a biologist, but I majored in biology in college (focused on plant biology; considering how much I use/will use my degree I'd have been better served focusing on insects!). I chose my username based on my old Reddit account, which I made back in 2016 while I was still considering a career in plant genetics.

 

 

 

Hello again! It seems we've had another warm spell here in Roanoke and we've got a bunch of wasps thinking that it's time to come out of hibernation. This time I've got no idea whether she (?) is a paper wasp, a solitary wasp, or what she could be. Pictures don't really do her justice, but I tried adjusting them a bit to get an idea of her color scheme. One thing that I could not capture on camera but that could prove useful is that, in the sunlight, her wings were iridescent blue/indigo. Thanks in advance for the help!

hello, good job on your find! here's a link to a wasp/bee keeping discord that our fellow member stricky moderates: https://discord.gg/AXrVZWKpin this place you can talk about wasps, bees, and other animals. 

 

Thanks for the link! I'm not much of a Discord person but it seems that is where people are moving toward for serious discussion on niche topics so I'll consider taking a look!


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#7 Offline Spazmops - Posted March 4 2021 - 7:49 PM

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Discords can be good for a lot of stuff. Just like anything else though, some are better than others. If you're interested in ants, you might like AKE (Ant keeping and ethology).


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Co-owner and founder of Mountain Myrmeculture and The Menagerie Discord Server

Ants I have:

1 Formica fusca group- 0 workers

1 Tetramorium immigrans colony-20 workers

1 Dorymyrmex insanus- 1 queen, used to have workers

 

1 large P. occidentalis colony- around 50 workers, plenty of brood

 

 


#8 Offline AleeGuy - Posted March 4 2021 - 8:38 PM

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Discords can be good for a lot of stuff. Just like anything else though, some are better than others. If you're interested in ants, you might like AKE (Ant keeping and ethology).

Yep, there is handful of ant keeping discord servers(big servers such as Ants and Ant Keeping, Ant-Keeping & Ethology, smaller/younger ones like Arthropod Antics, AntsDakota, The Menagerie, Canadian Bug Keepers) that you can get answers to your questions ASAP(<minute-5 mins).
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