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PostSubject: Queen wasp   1/29/2017, 2:21 pm

I found a queen wasp hibernating in a rotten log and don't know how to take care of her and what to put her in any feedback is appreciated
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PostSubject: Re: Queen wasp   1/29/2017, 4:38 pm

Well it would be helpful to know the species, or at least a picture so I can try and give a ID. However this might be pretty difficult. I would think they needed access to the outdoors. They have to feed the larvae insects so they need to get out to do so. Not to mention they take wooden fibers from posts and such to build the nest. I doubt it would work, but you can try making a wooden box with screening windows and tops. Supply live insects such as spiders and small grass hoppers. (Injured preferably) Also put things in there such as card board and other wooden object so they could build there nest. Like I said, it's a long shot!
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PostSubject: Re: Queen wasp   1/29/2017, 9:27 pm

I agree without a photo nothing much could really be established. I may add that a good many of wood wasp families exist if that is what you have. And they do go from egg, larva, and fully pupate inside wood. The process to raise this group would not be very exciting.
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PostSubject: Re: Queen wasp   1/29/2017, 9:55 pm

I searched for yellowjacket queens and the pics I got are exactly what it is like but with a better camera
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PostSubject: Re: Queen wasp   1/30/2017, 9:12 am

I believe with this species the queen mates in the fall, hibernates in a small crevice throughout the winter and builds a small nest for her first brood. So, yeah making it so the queen would stay in what ever you put her in, and giving them access to the outdoors would be difficult.
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PostSubject: Re: Queen wasp   1/30/2017, 4:04 pm

The yellow jackets we have, which are plentiful, build a paper nest in the ground and sometimes a few other places.
Yep it would be extremely difficult (impossible) to establish a usable natural home habitat for this species and many other wasp species.
They can also be very aggressive and do not get along with humans. Been stung a number of times, but they are beneficial insects.
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PostSubject: Re: Queen wasp   2/20/2017, 12:28 am

Is this something you still have? Any luck? Found one myself today.
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PostSubject: Re: Queen wasp   3/24/2017, 12:27 pm

What is the usual way to establish an ant colony? I mean how do you find the queen? Do you dig down into the colony and search for her?

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PostSubject: Re: Queen wasp   3/24/2017, 2:24 pm

mothman27 wrote:
What is the usual way to establish an ant colony? I mean how do you find the queen? Do you dig down into the colony and search for her?

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The most common way is to catch a queen, after after nuptial flight. Then place her in a test tube set-up.
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