It's been a couple of years since I was on here last and even then not for very long. I lived in the Phoenix area and had a hard time finding a founding queen so my interest waned. (Ok, I actually found one queen but she had flown late and didn't last long.) Anyway, I just moved last month to the Tri-Cities area (Kennewick, Richland, Pasco) and found a queen in my backyard a couple of weeks ago! Since I had no clue what species it is or even if she was mated I stuck her in a tube and checked on her every few days. This last time I noticed some larvae so she's clearly quite determined.
Any help with an ID would be appreciated but she's kind of nervous so getting pics has been tricky, plus I'm trying not to stress her too much.
Edited by Silvak, July 3 2018 - 8:10 PM.