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- adj. Describing insects of the order Hymenoptera; hymenopteran
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having membranous wings; specifically, having the characters of the Hymenoptera; pertaining to the Hymenoptera. Also hymenopteral.
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- adj. of or relating to insects of the order Hymenoptera
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In the ptilota, or winged insects, the hymenopterous are the rasorial type, and it is not therefore surprising to find amongst them the ants and bees, "the most social, intelligent, and in the latter case, most useful to man, of all the annulose animals."
It is particularly observable in a hymenopterous insect called the
Don Felix Azara (vol. i, p. 175), mentioning a hymenopterous insect, probably of the same genus, says he saw it dragging a dead spider through tall grass, in a straight line to its nest, which was one hundred and sixty-three paces distant.
These are often wasps belonging to one of several different genera of the hymenopterous family Agaonidae (Chalcidoidea).
The diminutive florets on its flat disk are so shallow that lepidopterous and hymenopterous insects, with their long proboses, stand no chance of getting a meal.
Dioica shrub of _Chummun_; trees and these shrubs occupied by thousands of a hymenopterous insect or fly.
Ants would not be separated from other hymenopterous insects, however high the instinct of the one and however low the instincts of the other.
All the members of the great order of hymenopterous insects are terrestrial excepting the genus Proctotrupes, which Sir John Lubbock has discovered to be aquatic in its habits; it often enters the water and dives about by the use not of its legs but of its wings, and remains as long as four hours beneath the surface; yet it exhibits no modification in structure in accordance with its abnormal habits.
Don Felix Azara (vol.i. p. 175), mentioning a hymenopterous insect, probably of the same genus, says he saw it dragging a dead spider through tall grass, in a straight line to its nest, which was one hundred and sixty-three paces distant.
A few pages back (p. 66) reference was made to the production of galls on various plants, through the activity of larvae of the hymenopterous family Cynipidae.