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#41 Offline Ants_Texas - Posted December 2 2017 - 2:59 PM

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Hand taming a wasp queen? I'm extremely confused and I really want to try this lol.


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My YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK90shiLguOZBECXtwr1M7A

 

Colonies:

Aphaenogaster sp., Camponotus festinatus, Camponotus cf. fragilis, Camponotus sansabeanus, Camponotus sp., Colobopsis impressa, Crematogaster cf. laeviuscula, Crematogaster minutissima, Crematogaster sp., Dorymyrmex bicolor, Myrmecocystus mendax, Nylanderia terricola, Nylanderia sp., Pheidole bicarinata, Pogonomyrmex rugosus, and unidentified species.

 

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Monomorium minimum


#42 Offline Connectimyrmex - Posted December 2 2017 - 3:05 PM

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Vespula and Polistes queens have very good facial-recognition. Feeding a foundress sugary liquids would get her to appreciate you and accept you into the colony. 
Apparently this works better with Polistes, I'll have to try out for myself!
 

I removed one of my Vespula queens from hibernation (2 months is enough, right?) as an experiment. Turns out Vespula species love super worms. This queen happily tore apart a pre-killed super worm I gave her.


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Plagiolepis Alluaudi
Anoplolepis Gracilipes
Technomyrmex Difficilis
Pheidole Megacephala
Aholehole fish
Cowrie snail
Sea Fan Worm
100+ sea squirts
Tree seedlings
Ghost Crab
Day Gecko
Small Fat Centipede
Endemic Lacewing larva
Vernal Pool shrimps

#43 Offline Ants_Texas - Posted December 2 2017 - 5:22 PM

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Vespula and Polistes queens have very good facial-recognition. Feeding a foundress sugary liquids would get her to appreciate you and accept you into the colony. 
Apparently this works better with Polistes, I'll have to try out for myself!
 

I removed one of my Vespula queens from hibernation (2 months is enough, right?) as an experiment. Turns out Vespula species love super worms. This queen happily tore apart a pre-killed super worm I gave her.

I've only known wasps and hornets to be relentless creatures all my life. Guess it's because I only get to see workers.


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My YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK90shiLguOZBECXtwr1M7A

 

Colonies:

Aphaenogaster sp., Camponotus festinatus, Camponotus cf. fragilis, Camponotus sansabeanus, Camponotus sp., Colobopsis impressa, Crematogaster cf. laeviuscula, Crematogaster minutissima, Crematogaster sp., Dorymyrmex bicolor, Myrmecocystus mendax, Nylanderia terricola, Nylanderia sp., Pheidole bicarinata, Pogonomyrmex rugosus, and unidentified species.

 

Queens: 

Monomorium minimum


#44 Offline MegaMyrmex - Posted December 2 2017 - 6:02 PM

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I want a queen so bad, I actually found a queen polistes by my school but I wasn't able to catch it so I let it crawl into leaf litter so that it would be able to hibernate.

Proverbs 6:6-8 New International Version (NIV)

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
    consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander,
    no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
    and gathers its food at harvest.

 


#45 Offline Connectimyrmex - Posted December 2 2017 - 6:49 PM

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Aw, that stinks. I actually found my newer one at my school on a wall. I coaxed her into my lunch box, and I managed to spook a friend during lunch :P


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Brachymyrmex Obscurior
Cardiocondyla Emeryi
Tetramorium Bicarinatum
Plagiolepis Alluaudi
Anoplolepis Gracilipes
Technomyrmex Difficilis
Pheidole Megacephala
Aholehole fish
Cowrie snail
Sea Fan Worm
100+ sea squirts
Tree seedlings
Ghost Crab
Day Gecko
Small Fat Centipede
Endemic Lacewing larva
Vernal Pool shrimps

#46 Offline Ants_Texas - Posted December 6 2017 - 1:48 PM

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Come on man, pictures! iPhone pictures are fine as long as there's proper lighting. :P


My YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK90shiLguOZBECXtwr1M7A

 

Colonies:

Aphaenogaster sp., Camponotus festinatus, Camponotus cf. fragilis, Camponotus sansabeanus, Camponotus sp., Colobopsis impressa, Crematogaster cf. laeviuscula, Crematogaster minutissima, Crematogaster sp., Dorymyrmex bicolor, Myrmecocystus mendax, Nylanderia terricola, Nylanderia sp., Pheidole bicarinata, Pogonomyrmex rugosus, and unidentified species.

 

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Monomorium minimum


#47 Offline Connectimyrmex - Posted December 7 2017 - 9:20 AM

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Pictures coming today after school :)


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Keeper of
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Baby Wolf Spider
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Ochetellus Glaber
Solenopsis Geminata
Brachymyrmex Obscurior
Cardiocondyla Emeryi
Tetramorium Bicarinatum
Plagiolepis Alluaudi
Anoplolepis Gracilipes
Technomyrmex Difficilis
Pheidole Megacephala
Aholehole fish
Cowrie snail
Sea Fan Worm
100+ sea squirts
Tree seedlings
Ghost Crab
Day Gecko
Small Fat Centipede
Endemic Lacewing larva
Vernal Pool shrimps

#48 Offline Ants_Texas - Posted December 8 2017 - 4:28 PM

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Pictures coming today after school :)

Pictures? :(


My YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK90shiLguOZBECXtwr1M7A

 

Colonies:

Aphaenogaster sp., Camponotus festinatus, Camponotus cf. fragilis, Camponotus sansabeanus, Camponotus sp., Colobopsis impressa, Crematogaster cf. laeviuscula, Crematogaster minutissima, Crematogaster sp., Dorymyrmex bicolor, Myrmecocystus mendax, Nylanderia terricola, Nylanderia sp., Pheidole bicarinata, Pogonomyrmex rugosus, and unidentified species.

 

Queens: 

Monomorium minimum


#49 Offline Connectimyrmex - Posted December 8 2017 - 5:29 PM

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I'm sorry, camera's not working :/


Hawaiiant (Ben)

Keeper of
Miniature Labradoodle
Baby Wolf Spider
Mud Dauber wasp larvae
Ochetellus Glaber
Solenopsis Geminata
Brachymyrmex Obscurior
Cardiocondyla Emeryi
Tetramorium Bicarinatum
Plagiolepis Alluaudi
Anoplolepis Gracilipes
Technomyrmex Difficilis
Pheidole Megacephala
Aholehole fish
Cowrie snail
Sea Fan Worm
100+ sea squirts
Tree seedlings
Ghost Crab
Day Gecko
Small Fat Centipede
Endemic Lacewing larva
Vernal Pool shrimps

#50 Offline Connectimyrmex - Posted December 19 2017 - 9:59 AM

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The Polistes queens are surprisingly resilient. They've been hibernating fine in near freezing temperatures.


Hawaiiant (Ben)

Keeper of
Miniature Labradoodle
Baby Wolf Spider
Mud Dauber wasp larvae
Ochetellus Glaber
Solenopsis Geminata
Brachymyrmex Obscurior
Cardiocondyla Emeryi
Tetramorium Bicarinatum
Plagiolepis Alluaudi
Anoplolepis Gracilipes
Technomyrmex Difficilis
Pheidole Megacephala
Aholehole fish
Cowrie snail
Sea Fan Worm
100+ sea squirts
Tree seedlings
Ghost Crab
Day Gecko
Small Fat Centipede
Endemic Lacewing larva
Vernal Pool shrimps

#51 Offline Connectimyrmex - Posted May 14 2018 - 4:28 PM

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U P D A T E ! ! ! ! !

So, I ended up releasing my fuscatus queen. Nearly right after that, I found a Polistes dominula queen with a nest! She's doing great! She hasn't been taking any protein yet. 

 

I then found a Vespula germanica queen in the same spot a couple days later, also with nest. She's also doing great, and it's ridiculous watching her squeeze in and out of her little ball-shaped nest  :lol:


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Ochetellus Glaber
Solenopsis Geminata
Brachymyrmex Obscurior
Cardiocondyla Emeryi
Tetramorium Bicarinatum
Plagiolepis Alluaudi
Anoplolepis Gracilipes
Technomyrmex Difficilis
Pheidole Megacephala
Aholehole fish
Cowrie snail
Sea Fan Worm
100+ sea squirts
Tree seedlings
Ghost Crab
Day Gecko
Small Fat Centipede
Endemic Lacewing larva
Vernal Pool shrimps

#52 Offline Connectimyrmex - Posted May 14 2018 - 4:41 PM

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Welp I just got stung (three times) ! 
From this, I'm pretty sure that a yellow jacket sting hurts less than a bee sting.


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Cardiocondyla Emeryi
Tetramorium Bicarinatum
Plagiolepis Alluaudi
Anoplolepis Gracilipes
Technomyrmex Difficilis
Pheidole Megacephala
Aholehole fish
Cowrie snail
Sea Fan Worm
100+ sea squirts
Tree seedlings
Ghost Crab
Day Gecko
Small Fat Centipede
Endemic Lacewing larva
Vernal Pool shrimps

#53 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted May 14 2018 - 8:58 PM

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That is crazy! I found a Polistes sp. queen and nest in my mailbox! I might try to catch her.... And the thing about the stings makes sense. Bee stingers are barbed to keep them in so as much venom as possible is injected. Wasp stingers are not barbed so they can sting repeatedly without getting their stingers ripped out, like ant stingers.

Edited by Ant_Dude2908, May 14 2018 - 9:02 PM.


#54 Offline Connectimyrmex - Posted May 15 2018 - 3:14 AM

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Good luck catching her! Try to coax her into a ziploc bag before removing the nest, because paper wasp stings definitely hurt a bit more than bee stings  :lol:

 

Also, you are totally right, bees normally inject more venom at once than wasps (hence the pain).


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Brachymyrmex Obscurior
Cardiocondyla Emeryi
Tetramorium Bicarinatum
Plagiolepis Alluaudi
Anoplolepis Gracilipes
Technomyrmex Difficilis
Pheidole Megacephala
Aholehole fish
Cowrie snail
Sea Fan Worm
100+ sea squirts
Tree seedlings
Ghost Crab
Day Gecko
Small Fat Centipede
Endemic Lacewing larva
Vernal Pool shrimps

#55 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted May 15 2018 - 6:47 PM

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Yeah.... About that nest... I'm not allowed to keep wasps yet sooo, I had to spray it.:*( Ants are the only wasps I can keep for now.

Edited by Ant_Dude2908, May 15 2018 - 6:48 PM.


#56 Offline Connectimyrmex - Posted May 21 2018 - 8:55 AM

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I caught a new Polistes queen (Polistes fuscatus) with a nest! There's this one spot in a picnic building sheltered under a roof outcropping that has a bunch of nests, so I might go back and collect a few in the future. So far, the new queen isn't really warming up to me.

 

My dominula queen, on the other hand, is pretty tame now! She accepts mashed up ant larvae from a toothpick (when I offer it from my finger she just climbs on and sits). Also, some of her eggs hatched! She's got 3 medium-sized larvae, 2 tiny ones, and a bunch of eggs.


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Baby Wolf Spider
Mud Dauber wasp larvae
Ochetellus Glaber
Solenopsis Geminata
Brachymyrmex Obscurior
Cardiocondyla Emeryi
Tetramorium Bicarinatum
Plagiolepis Alluaudi
Anoplolepis Gracilipes
Technomyrmex Difficilis
Pheidole Megacephala
Aholehole fish
Cowrie snail
Sea Fan Worm
100+ sea squirts
Tree seedlings
Ghost Crab
Day Gecko
Small Fat Centipede
Endemic Lacewing larva
Vernal Pool shrimps

#57 Offline Canadian anter - Posted May 21 2018 - 9:19 AM

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The fact that you have a "tame wasp" tells me that you're the next waspman. Also, apparently they get a lot more aggressive as they grow, just like ants.


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#58 Offline Connectimyrmex - Posted May 31 2018 - 3:39 PM

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Haha, thanks  :lol:

 

You are right about Polistes getting aggressive when their colonies get larger. Once mine has more than five-ten workers, I'm probably going to let them do all the eating by themselves :P

My P. dominula queen has gigantic larvae, and the queen now accepts and hunts a far wider variety of insect foods. My fuscatus queen has three tiny larvae, and the only food she really accepts is sawfly larvae.


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Hawaiiant (Ben)

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Baby Wolf Spider
Mud Dauber wasp larvae
Ochetellus Glaber
Solenopsis Geminata
Brachymyrmex Obscurior
Cardiocondyla Emeryi
Tetramorium Bicarinatum
Plagiolepis Alluaudi
Anoplolepis Gracilipes
Technomyrmex Difficilis
Pheidole Megacephala
Aholehole fish
Cowrie snail
Sea Fan Worm
100+ sea squirts
Tree seedlings
Ghost Crab
Day Gecko
Small Fat Centipede
Endemic Lacewing larva
Vernal Pool shrimps

#59 Offline Enderz - Posted May 31 2018 - 6:04 PM

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Hawaiiant we want pictures, it makes the journal more interesting and is good for explaining things.
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Te deum laudamus. 

 

Ex igne et in infernum. 


#60 Offline Connectimyrmex - Posted June 7 2018 - 12:56 PM

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I tried to take a picture but my queen swooped down and started attacking my phone case  :lol:

She's calmed down a lot, and I'll take some pics soon. 

 

The main queen of this journal, the Polistes dominula queen, has three capped brood chambers (so three pupae!) and a whole ton of growing larvae. 


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Hawaiiant (Ben)

Keeper of
Miniature Labradoodle
Baby Wolf Spider
Mud Dauber wasp larvae
Ochetellus Glaber
Solenopsis Geminata
Brachymyrmex Obscurior
Cardiocondyla Emeryi
Tetramorium Bicarinatum
Plagiolepis Alluaudi
Anoplolepis Gracilipes
Technomyrmex Difficilis
Pheidole Megacephala
Aholehole fish
Cowrie snail
Sea Fan Worm
100+ sea squirts
Tree seedlings
Ghost Crab
Day Gecko
Small Fat Centipede
Endemic Lacewing larva
Vernal Pool shrimps




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