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Queen wasp?

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#1 Offline Swirlysnowflake - Posted February 27 2022 - 5:14 PM


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Is this a queen? (Polistes dominula)
A few of these have been flying around my backyard, I caught this one yesterday.
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#2 Offline Manitobant - Posted February 27 2022 - 5:19 PM


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Considering the time of year, it is very likely a queen.
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#3 Offline azzaaazzzz00 - Posted February 27 2022 - 5:25 PM


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Yea, agreed

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#4 Offline bmb1bee - Posted February 28 2022 - 3:09 PM


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If it seems large compared to any workers you can find (which might not be around), it could be a queen. The queens generally have slightly longer abdomens and are a bit larger from what I've seen. I've tried some unsuccessful attempts in keeping Polistes dominula founding nests before, so any help from anyone experienced in this species would be very appreciated.

Current Colonies:

Cardiocondyla mauritanica (5 queens 35+ workers and 7 queens 15+ workers)

Monomorium ergatogyna (4 queens 200+ workers and 1 queen 150+ workers plus alate pupae)

Tetramorium immigrans (1 queen 200+ workers)

Pogonomyrmex rugosus (1 queen 13 workers)

Camponotus us-ca02 (1 queen 3 workers)

Tapinoma sessile (1 queen 3 workers)

Prenolepis imparis (1 queen plus brood)

Liometopum occidentale (1 queen plus brood)

#5 Offline Skwiggledork - Posted February 28 2022 - 3:52 PM


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From what I've read it is really hard to get them to start a nest in captivity. I had a good time keeping a small nest I captured, but even then they didn't expand the nest from when I caught it and the colonies only last a year.


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