The Insect Order Hymenoptera represents four related insect groups: ants, bees wasps and sawflies. Characteristics of this order are:
  • Two pairs of wings, with forewings usually larger than hindwings (exceptions are ants which are wingless in most of their life stages)
  • Antennae typically with 10 or more segments and longer than the head except in some parasitic groups where they can be highly elongated
  • Females have a prominent ovipositor, which in some groups is a "stinger" that is used to parasitize prey
  • Some groups exhibit highly social behavior
  • Some adults visit flowers for nectar and feed pollen to their young, while others are predatory and eat flesh
     
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Sweat Bee

ID pending

 



Green Metallic Bee

Augochlora sp.


Green Metallic Bee

ID pending


Green Metallic Bee

ID pending


Bumble Bee

Bombus sp.


Honey Bees

ID pending

 



Sweat Bee

Lasioglossum sp.


Cow Killer

Dasymutilla occidentalis


Cicada Killer
Sphecius speciocus


Northern Paper Wasp

Polistes sp.


Scoliid Wasp

ID unknown

 



Thread-waisted Wasp

Ammophila procera


Mason Wasp

Monobia quadridens


Potter Wasp

Eumenes fraternus


Bumble Bee

Bombus sp.


Carpenter-mimic
 Leafcutter
Megachile xylocopoides

 



Braconid Wasp cocoons


Cimbicid Sawfly larva

ID pending


Dusky Birch Sawfly
larva

Croesus latitarsus




 
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