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hibernating Bald-faced Hornet - Dolichovespula maculata - female

hibernating Bald-faced Hornet - Dolichovespula maculata - Female
Randolph, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA
October 12, 2014
This hibernating queen carved out a place on the underside of a log where she could overwinter.

About the picture of Dolichovespula maculata queen
I have been investigating Yellow jacket in Japan. I especially interested in their hibernating habits.It is difficult to find a hibernating wasp queen. So, your photo is wonderful and precious! I would like to know how Dolichovespula maculata queen was hibernating, when you found her. I'd appreciate it if you could answer the following question.

Question: The posture of hibernating queen
How was the posture of the queen? Was she facing down, or facing upward? “Facing down”means that she was lying on the floor .“Facing upward”means that she was clinging to undersurface of the log.In Japan, most kind of wasps are found in the posture of facing upward or of perpendicular position.

I’m not good at English. I’m afraid there may be some wrong expression in this sentence. Please forgive me if I write something rude. I am looking forward to hearing from you.

 
Position
This queen was facing upward. When I turned the log over, she was in this exact position the picture shows. When I finished taking a couple pictures I put the log back where it was so she could finish hibernating.

 
Thank you for your answer!
I thank you very much for your quick reply. I’m glad to know that maculata queen was facing upward. It is just as I expected. Your information will be very helpful for me. I wish you many successes.

hibernating bald faced hornet
Wow! I just got a similar photo in southern NH yesterday. Cool.

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