Ants, Bees, & Wasps – Hymenoptera Pictures & Bio

Hymenoptera membranous wing; Hymen = membrane, ptera = wings. Winged forms of ants, bees and wasps possess 2 pair of membranous wings.

This Order of insects include sawflies, horntails, wood wasps, ensign wasps, Ichneumonids, fairyflies, fig wasps, chalcids, gall wasps, cuckoo wasps, yellow-faced bees, sweat bees, leafcutter bees, carpenter bees, honey bees, bumble bees, orchid bees, velvet ants, spider wasps, paper wasps, yellow jackets, hornets, mud-dauber wasps and ants.

Giant Hunting Ants

These giant hunting ants are a formidable sight with an even more formidable sting. Read More

Formicid Ants

Ants are important scavengers. They are responsible for recycling huge amounts of organic material from fallen fruit to this unfortunate butterfly. Read More

army ants in the Amazon

Army Ants

Army ant is a name that people use for ants that move in a line killing every insect and small animal in their path. People use other names for these ants, including Driver Ants, Legionary Ants, and even Visiting Ants. Read More

Thread-Waisted Wasp

Thread-waisted wasps are prolific caterpillar hunters. Paralyzed caterpillars are used as food for their young while they develop in sand burrows. Read More

Wild Honey Bee Comb

Wild bee honeycombs are constructed from hanging galleries of hexagonal wax cells. Read More.

Weaver Ants

This image illustrates how important it is to have the right chemical scent. Members of an individual colony possess the same “nest odor.” Read More

Carpenter Ants

Gnawing away at a decomposing log by the side of a tropical stream in Ecuador, these carpenter ants make their homes in excavated wood chambers. Read More

Big-Headed Ants: Daceton spp.

These rusty orange tropical Daceton ants made their nests in trees. Guards were posted at the entrance with large opened jaws warning against intrusion of any kind. Read More

Mischocyttarus paper wasp

Paper Wasp, Mischocyttarus spp.

These paper wasps from Indonesia are capable of delivering a painful sting in defense of their paper-chewed nests. Read More

vespid paper wasp

Vespid Paper Wasp

This paper wasp builds clusters of hexagonal paper cells. Mixing masticated wood pulp with adhesive saliva, these paper nest cells act as larval nesting chambers for the young wasps. Read More