One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.
- ‘They belong to the order Hymenoptera, which includes bees, wasps, sawflies, and ichneumons.’
- ‘They frequently feed on Hymenoptera (bees, wasps and ants), Diptera (true flies), Hemiptera (true bugs) and Coleoptera (beetles).’
- ‘Lepidoptera, Coleoptera and Hymenoptera were the most represented orders in terms of the number of species observed.’
- ‘Flowers are visited by a diverse pollinator assemblage comprising Hymenoptera, Lepidoptera and Coleoptera.’
- ‘And ants are in the order Hymenoptera, which is the same order as wasps and bees.’
- 1.1 Insects of the order Hymenoptera.‘hive bees and other hymenoptera’
- ‘Social hymenoptera, for example, will sting an assailant to their hive.’
- ‘The hymenoptera comprise a continuum from solitary life to tightly-structured family groups.’
- ‘Patterson's early work on polyembryonic hymenoptera was almost forgotten for 75 years.’
- ‘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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