Other forms: hymenoptera

Definitions of hymenopteran
  1. noun
    insects having two pairs of membranous wings and an ovipositor specialized for stinging or piercing
    synonyms: hymenopter, hymenopteron, hymenopterous insect
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    any of numerous hairy-bodied insects including social and solitary species
    social or solitary hymenopterans typically having a slender body with the abdomen attached by a narrow stalk and having a formidable sting
    Mutillidae, family Mutillidae
    a family of wasps
    chalcid, chalcid fly, chalcid wasp, chalcidfly
    any of various tiny insects whose larvae are parasites on eggs and larvae of other insects; many are beneficial in destroying injurious insects
    ichneumon fly
    hymenopterous insect that resembles a wasp and whose larvae are parasitic on caterpillars and other insect larvae
    insect whose female has a saw-like ovipositor for inserting eggs into the leaf or stem tissue of a host plant
    ant, emmet, pismire
    social insect living in organized colonies; characteristically the males and fertile queen have wings during breeding season; wingless sterile females are the workers
    stingless male bee in a colony of social bees (especially honeybees) whose sole function is to mate with the queen
    Apis mellifera, honeybee
    social bee often domesticated for the honey it produces
    carpenter bee
    large solitary bee that lays eggs in tunnels bored into wood or plant stems
    bumblebee, humblebee
    robust hairy social bee of temperate regions
    a bee that is parasitic in the nests of bumblebees
    andrena, andrenid, mining bee
    a bee that is a member of the genus Andrena
    Nomia melanderi, alkali bee
    a common solitary bee important for pollinating alfalfa in the western United States
    leaf-cutter, leaf-cutter bee, leaf-cutting bee
    bee that cuts rounded pieces from leaves and flowers to line its nest
    mason bee
    any of numerous solitary bees that build nests of hardened mud and sand
    potter bee
    solitary bee that builds nests of mud or pebbles cemented together and attached to a plant
    vespid, vespid wasp
    mostly social nest-building wasps
    velvet ant
    a solitary wasp of the family Mutillidae; the body has a coat of brightly colored velvety hair and the females are wingless
    sphecoid, sphecoid wasp
    any of various solitary wasps
    cynipid gall wasp, cynipid wasp, gall wasp, gallfly
    small solitary wasp that produces galls on oaks and other plants
    chalcis fly
    a variety of chalcid fly
    Fenusa pusilla, birch leaf miner
    small black sawfly native to Europe but established in eastern United States; larvae mine the leaves of birches causing serious defoliation
    Monomorium pharaonis, pharaoh ant, pharaoh's ant
    small red ant of warm regions; a common household pest
    Monomorium minimum, little black ant
    tiny glossy black ant; nests outdoors but invades houses for food
    army ant, driver ant, legionary ant
    tropical nomadic ant that preys mainly on other insects
    carpenter ant
    ant that nests in decaying wood in which it bores tunnels for depositing eggs
    fire ant
    omnivorous ant of tropical and subtropical America that can inflict a painful sting
    Formica rufa, wood ant
    reddish-brown European ant typically living in anthills in woodlands
    slave ant
    any of various ants captured as larvae and enslaved by another species
    slave-maker, slave-making ant
    an ant that attacks colonies of other ant species and carries off the young to be reared as slave ants
    bulldog ant
    any of the large fierce Australian ants of the genus Myrmecia
    type of:
    small air-breathing arthropod
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