Definition of Hymenoptera in English:


plural noun

  • 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.’
    • ‘And ants are in the order Hymenoptera, which is the same order as wasps and bees.’
    • ‘They frequently feed on Hymenoptera (bees, wasps and ants), Diptera (true flies), Hemiptera (true bugs) and Coleoptera (beetles).’
    • ‘Flowers are visited by a diverse pollinator assemblage comprising Hymenoptera, Lepidoptera and Coleoptera.’
    • ‘Lepidoptera, Coleoptera and Hymenoptera were the most represented orders in terms of the number of species observed.’
    1. 1.1Insects of the order Hymenoptera.
      ‘hive bees and other hymenoptera’
      • ‘Social hymenoptera, for example, will sting an assailant to their hive.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The hymenoptera comprise a continuum from solitary life to tightly-structured family groups.’


Modern Latin (plural), from Greek humenopteros membrane-winged, from humēn membrane + pteron wing.