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Offline BlueBee

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What kind of queen?
« on: April 11, 2011, 09:26:19 PM »
I found this monster queen wasp trying to get into my hives during our first warm day since October.  Anybody know what kind of wasp this is/was?  It went to wasp heaven.




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Re: What kind of queen?
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2011, 09:35:07 PM »
I found this monster queen wasp trying to get into my hives during our first warm day since October.  Anybody know what kind of wasp this is/was?  It went to wasp heaven.



 :?  How do you know at is queen wasp  :?


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Re: What kind of queen?
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2011, 09:55:33 PM »
I’m assuming it was a queen since yesterday was our first warm day of the year and I was under the impression that only queens overwinter.  I could be wrong, it wouldn’t be the first time  :)

That warm day brought out a lot of bugs.  I found a giant water bug out by the night light too!  Those things are creepy.

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Re: What kind of queen?
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2011, 10:07:47 PM »
I wonder if Schawee would pick these up with his bare hands  :-D





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Re: What kind of queen?
« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2011, 10:29:28 PM »
 I could be wrong, it wouldn’t be the first time  :)


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Re: What kind of queen?
« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2011, 10:23:27 AM »
looks like a cicada killer

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Re: What kind of queen?
« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2011, 12:11:01 PM »
In the first Picture I don't know the scientific name
but its in the same Classification of Dead Wasp or wasp's if more than one :-D

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Re: What kind of queen?
« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2011, 12:15:08 PM »
 :-D :-D :-D

You got that right!  Dead, is the best kind of wasp.

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Re: What kind of queen?
« Reply #8 on: April 12, 2011, 01:13:19 PM »
Hey BlueBee!  I used to see those things all the time in Florida.  They are scary looking aren't they?  I didn't realize they would go that far north.  I grew up around where I am now, and never saw one.

Edit:  I meant the water bug...
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Re: What kind of queen?
« Reply #9 on: April 12, 2011, 02:21:18 PM »
BlueBee,

You are correct in your assumptions.  Only queen wasps are available at this time of year in the temperate regions.  Queens survive the winter and upon warm weather they start looking for a nesting area.  They are also looking for food  :evil:
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Re: What kind of queen?
« Reply #10 on: April 13, 2011, 02:31:18 AM »
I think I found an ID for my marauding wasp.   It looks like it’s a polistes Fuscatus (aka Northern Paper Wasp). 

FYI... I found this bugguide site has a lot of photos for IDing bugs.

ID for the wasp:
http://bugguide.net/node/view/14227

ID for the giant water bug (aka Eastern Toe Biter).  What a name.
http://bugguide.net/node/view/42199

Just imagine those big water bugs anytime you get in the water!