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Class Insecta
Order Hymenoptera

Ants, Wasps, and Bees

The main defining characteristic of the order Hymenoptera is that the front and hind wings are held together by a series of little hooks called hamuli. There are two suborders of Hymenoptera, the Symphyta (sawflies) and the Apocryta. The sawflies are a diverse group in the northern Hemisphere.  The Apocryta are by far the most diverse of the two suborders and include all the wasps, bees and ants. The Apocryta have a distinctive constriction or waist in the abdomen which is a good field character for separating them from other insects. Some flies (order Diptera) often look like bees or wasps but they can be immediately distinguished from Hymenoptera (and other insects) by having only a single pair of wings and not having the constriction in the abdomen.


Parasitic wasp in family Chalcididae. Parasitizes Fool's gold beetle larvae.