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  • proper n. A taxonomic order within the superorder Endopterygota — the sawflies, wasps, bees and ants.

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  • An extensive order of insects, including the bees, ants, ichneumons, sawflies, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A large and important order of the class Insecta.

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  • n. an order of insects including: bees; wasps; ants; ichneumons; sawflies; gall wasps; etc.


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From Ancient Greek ὑμενόπτερος (humenopteros, "membrane-winged"), from ὑμήν (humēn, "membrane") + πτερόν (pteron, "wing").


  • He argued that the haplodiploid mechanism of sex determination in Hymenoptera predisposed them to the evolution of cooperation via kin selection.

    At What Level did this Evolve?

  • This insect belongs to the order "Hymenoptera," and is of the Ichneumon tribe, being a variety of upward of four hundred species of that interesting fly.

    Eight Years' Wanderings in Ceylon

  • The reproductive biology of honeybees and other members of the order Hymenoptera (ants, bees, and wasps) were cited by Hamilton in his theory of kin selection.

    At What Level did this Evolve?

  • If you are not allergic to Hymenoptera venom, the danger of the exposure will depend on the number of stings and the areas of the body on which you were stung.

    Sting Things

  • Although some calls to the Poison Center are about spiders, ants and caterpillars, this page will focus on stings from the Hymenoptera species.

    Sting Things

  • Allergic reactions to Hymenoptera stings may be frightening but they are relative rare; the majority of questions to the Poison Center concerning stings are simply about the proper first aid technique.

    Sting Things

  • An allergy to Hymenoptera venom can be one of two types: local or systemic.

    Sting Things

  • Ecological dominance by Paratrechina longicornis Hymenoptera: Formicidae, an invasive tramp ant, in Biosphere 2.

    World Wide Mind

  • For example, among the 70,000 or so known parasitoid and other apocritan Hymenoptera, one of the largest orders of insects, all of whom are haplodiploid, no eusocial species has been found.


  • This seemed to be the case with Hymenoptera, an order of insects comprising the sawflies, wasps, bees, and ants, though it did not seem to fit the termites.



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  • An order of insects, including bees, wasps, and ants, characterized by locked pairs of membranous wings and high development of social or colonial behavior.

    G. hymēn, membrane, + pteron, wing

    December 4, 2017