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#1 Offline KitsAntVa - Posted April 8 2021 - 8:59 AM

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Caught this yesterday and to be able to take care of it more without it attacking me because you know they are aggressive, I cut its wings and I am currently taking care of it. Just want to know if it’s a queen. Attached File  DE4633B5-9FBB-4F6F-8A9C-3F3CB07F0AF6.jpeg   357.58KB   0 downloadsAttached File  129C5C6E-9FE4-439C-A20C-454F88C02E62.jpeg   349.78KB   0 downloads

#2 Offline Dmaculata - Posted April 8 2021 - 9:08 AM

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It looks like Vespula maculifrons, being the time of year, its definitely a queen. but why cut its wings?


Edited by Dmaculata, April 8 2021 - 9:09 AM.


#3 Offline KitsAntVa - Posted April 8 2021 - 9:24 AM

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Because the container I have her in is about medium size but I couldn’t even open it without her either climbing up to get out or start flying.

#4 Offline StrickyAnts - Posted April 8 2021 - 9:26 AM

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Um, cutting her wings is like cutting off your legs. 


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#5 Offline Dmaculata - Posted April 8 2021 - 9:30 AM

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cutting its wings is essentially like grounding a bird. Vespula are hard to rear in captivity, depriving it of flight is only going to make it 10 times harder, and will likely fail. they need a decent amount of space, nest material, lots of food, and stimulating light.


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#6 Offline Swirlysnowflake - Posted April 8 2021 - 11:16 AM

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Why would you cut its wings? This is a wild animal taken into captivity, yes it is going to try and fly. Wasps naturally fly. If you don’t want to deal with the trouble of keeping something that needs to be able to fly, don’t keep wasps...?

 

That’s honestly just terrible. If you don’t have a enclosure big enough to accommodate her, why would you catch and keep her? 


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#7 Online Manitobant - Posted April 8 2021 - 11:25 AM

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You got the idea to cut her wings from lights camera ants didn't you? Well hate to break it to you but he’s a pretty bad ant YouTuber, like AC.
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#8 Offline KitsAntVa - Posted April 8 2021 - 1:33 PM

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Well, I’m sorry then. I didn’t watch lights camera ants and I have no idea who that is. I knew that some bee keepers while keeping queens cut the wings making the colony stay in that one spot. Didn’t know to be honest since this is my first queen

#9 Online Manitobant - Posted April 8 2021 - 1:42 PM

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Well, I’m sorry then. I didn’t watch lights camera ants and I have no idea who that is. I knew that some bee keepers while keeping queens cut the wings making the colony stay in that one spot. Didn’t know to be honest since this is my first queen

that’s okay for them because honey bees found through swarming, similar to how army ants found. The queens are never on their own or construct their own starting nests.

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#10 Online ZTYguy - Posted April 8 2021 - 1:58 PM

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Well let’s just call this a learning experience and hope that anyone who reads this will learn from this mistake.


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