Definition of Hymenoptera in English:


Line breaks: Hy¦men|op¦tera
Pronunciation: /ˌhʌɪməˈnɒpt(ə)rə


  • 1A large order of insects that includes the bees, wasps, ants, and sawflies. They have four transparent wings and the females typically have a sting.
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    • They frequently feed on Hymenoptera (bees, wasps and ants), Diptera (true flies), Hemiptera (true bugs) and Coleoptera (beetles).
    • They belong to the order Hymenoptera, which includes bees, wasps, sawflies, and ichneumons.
    • Lepidoptera, Coleoptera and Hymenoptera were the most represented orders in terms of the number of species observed.
  • 1.1 (hymenoptera) Insects of the order Hymenoptera: hive bees and other hymenoptera
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    • Patterson's early work on polyembryonic hymenoptera was almost forgotten for 75 years.
    • The hymenoptera comprise a continuum from solitary life to tightly-structured family groups.
    • Such social hymenoptera may live together in nests or hives of many thousands of individuals, all descended form a single queen.


modern Latin (plural), from Greek humenopteros 'membrane-winged', from humēn 'membrane' + pteron 'wing'.

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