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Vespula... queen?


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#1 Offline Swirlysnowflake - Posted May 27 2021 - 12:13 PM

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I was out on a walk again and I came across this single Vespula sp. From what I could see, the only other wasps in the area were an abundance of P. dominula. Is this a queen, worker, or drone? And what species (if you can even tell that with these terrible photos. The wasp would not stay still.)

It's about 3/4 of an inch

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#2 Offline ZTYguy - Posted May 27 2021 - 12:31 PM

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looks like it could be queen but don't take my word


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#3 Offline PetsNotPests - Posted May 27 2021 - 12:34 PM

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If you could get some clearer photos, it would help. I can't tell with these. 


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-Camponotus sansabeanus

-Camponotus US-CA02

-Camponotus vicinus

-Formica podzolica

-Monomorium spp.

-Pogonomyrmex californicus

-Solenopsis spp. 

 


#4 Offline Swirlysnowflake - Posted May 27 2021 - 12:48 PM

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This is the only one I could get right now. I’ll try moving it into a transparent container soon

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#5 Offline Swirlysnowflake - Posted May 27 2021 - 12:50 PM

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She’s about 20 mm. Apparently workers are only 12 - 15 but I don’t know how factual that is, considering that’s a generalization for all of Vespula
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#6 Offline PetsNotPests - Posted May 27 2021 - 12:55 PM

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Those pics help a lot. I'm 99% sure she's a queen.  


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Ants are Pets, not Pests. 

 

-Camponotus sansabeanus

-Camponotus US-CA02

-Camponotus vicinus

-Formica podzolica

-Monomorium spp.

-Pogonomyrmex californicus

-Solenopsis spp. 

 


#7 Offline VoidElecent - Posted May 27 2021 - 12:57 PM

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Yep, looks like a queen. At least on the east coast these are very common in Spring


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#8 Offline Swirlysnowflake - Posted May 27 2021 - 1:01 PM

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Ah great! I believe she is Vespula pensylvanica?
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#9 Offline Chickalo - Posted May 28 2021 - 5:35 AM

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I found one of these but the next day when I found out it was a queen and planned on catching it she was gone (apparently she was chilling on the window for a while now)


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#10 Offline Swirlysnowflake - Posted May 29 2021 - 9:15 AM

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I released her, Vespula are apparently really hard to raise in captivity...


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