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Well I took some action!

Post by Kyuubi no yoko » Wed Jul 29, 2009 5:41 pm

Well some backround info: I friend of mine was trimming a tree when he accidentally angered a Dolichovespula maculata nest(Bald faced hornet) I was asking about the size of the nest and offered to take it cause hey I am wasp nut, and I wanted to see if i could keep them in captivity as far as I know no one has done work with this species before... this was a few days ago

As of today...

ahahahahaha.... I just bit off more than I could chew LOL the nest is much MUCH larger than a baseball AND I already have it captive yet unattachted to anything, I dont know how I am gonna do this, man these things are as all heck, one that was not captured followed and stung me over 100 feet from the former nest location. Chilling will be the only option they are just too defensive right now, there are 40 to 50 workers on the nest. I dont think I am gonna do anything more with them tonight. Luckily they have crushed crab apples to hold them over till I decide how to tackle this, anyways here are the pics!

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The nest also appears to have multiple entrances and exits....(for you non wasp and hornet people this means you cant plug the entrance hole to keep them trapped in their nest also more can swarm out at once in defensice of the nest.) I captured them by hold the KK below the nest as as the branch was cut slam the cover on, it worked failr well only one or two got away. I got stung once and it hurts LOL and they can do it more than once.

Well I think I will chill them down and try to attach them and their nest to a tree outdoors since they are waaaay to jumpy right now.

As of today:

Well its finally done! It was a resounding sucess, this colony will now be able to complete its cycle and add fresh genetics to the gene pool here!

Well its finally done! After 1 hour 90 minutes in the fridge I was just barely able to secure the nest too its new spot, no sooner had I removed the cotton plug then the nastiest defensive swarm I have seen occured, I would say that out of the time only 10 to 15 workers died under my care, this leaves 30+ plus to help restart the colony and I should have tons of new queens, not to mention a pretty nest to collect at the end of the year, I lost my tongs though, I will have to get them at night once they calmed down, as of now I cannot even approach the nest close enough to take photos! Here are the pics!

Here they are using my accidental honey dish that I dropped.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v322/ ... 0_2923.jpg

Now the nest in the new location with the cotton plug, I wanted pics of the nest without the plug but they were not having that! In a few weeks they will settle down to their normalselves and I should be able to get really good pics, and my tongs back!

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Hopefully the devloping males and queens will not be stunted to their brief stay in captivity.
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Re: Well I took some action!

Post by pawnee » Wed Jul 29, 2009 6:50 pm

hey cool! :D wow...can't say I would do that...please keep us updated as to how well our buzzie friends are doing in their new home! :mrgreen:

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Re: Well I took some action!

Post by Hiedidog » Fri Jul 31, 2009 9:12 am

Wow that's interesting. Sounds like a lot of work!
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Re: Well I took some action!

Post by Blightwolf » Sat Aug 01, 2009 7:35 am

Yeah, this sounds lots of hard work, but definitely worth it. Thanks for posting, this was interesting. ;)
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Post by Sintact » Sun Aug 02, 2009 8:49 am

Interesting action there, hope to know what happens then. As pawnee said, please keep us updated about this topic.

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Re: Well I took some action!

Post by Kyuubi no yoko » Mon Aug 03, 2009 1:12 pm

Well its a failure, the nest got eaten by squirrels and the adults fled, and now have nothing to do. There are no combs left on the nest, and despite the bad weather we had here the nest or whats left of it is still attachted to the tree, all that effort wasted. :(

I got my tongs back though but thats a small prize.

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Re: Well I took some action!

Post by Koa » Tue Aug 04, 2009 3:54 pm

Awww..poor hornets lol. I think I'd be a tad bit nervous trying to take care of a hornet nest. o.o
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Post by Nor-easter Forecast » Wed Aug 05, 2009 12:22 pm

That was so nice of you to relocate the hornets! Even if they did die later.

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Re: Well I took some action!

Post by April » Wed Aug 05, 2009 12:26 pm

Wow, that's amazing. I never knew a person who would do all that for a nest of wasps! That must have been a lot of hard work. You should be proud of all the hard work you put into it.

Though it's too bad it was a failure. Good try though.
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Re: Well I took some action!

Post by Blueheart43 » Mon Oct 05, 2009 4:32 pm

wow that was so neat i never thought anyone would do such a thing but after reading about your project i think i noa little more about wasps than wen i hada nest in my window last year.

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Re: Well I took some action!

Post by Nightwolf293 » Sun Oct 18, 2009 6:08 pm

That's pretty interesting and amazing! You did alot of hard work, and you can still feel good, because atleast you tried. I don't think I've seen those type.
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Post by Memories » Tue Oct 20, 2009 1:25 pm

Oh wow thanks for posting this! keep us updated please!

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