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

Definition of Hymenoptera in English:

plural noun

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.
Example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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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