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 (hī′mə-nŏp′tər-ən) also hy·me·nop·ter·on (-tə-rŏn′)
Any of numerous insects of the order Hymenoptera, including the bees, wasps, ants, and sawflies, often living in complex social groups and characteristically having two pairs of membranous wings.

[From New Latin Hymenoptera, order name, from Greek humenopteros, membrane-winged : humēn, membrane; see hymen + pteron, wing; see -pter.]

hy′me·nop′ter·an, hy′me·nop′ter·ous (-tər-əs) adj.


(ˌhaɪmɪˈnɒptərən) or


n, pl -terans, -tera (-tərə) or -terons
(Animals) any hymenopterous insect


(ˌhaɪ məˈnɒp tər ən)

adj. n.
2. Also, hy′me•nop`ter. a hymenopterous insect.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hymenopteran - insects having two pairs of membranous wings and an ovipositor specialized for stinging or piercinghymenopteran - insects having two pairs of membranous wings and an ovipositor specialized for stinging or piercing
insect - small air-breathing arthropod
Hymenoptera, order Hymenoptera - an order of insects including: bees; wasps; ants; ichneumons; sawflies; gall wasps; etc.
bee - any of numerous hairy-bodied insects including social and solitary species
wasp - social or solitary hymenopterans typically having a slender body with the abdomen attached by a narrow stalk and having a formidable sting
family Mutillidae, Mutillidae - a family of wasps
chalcid, chalcid fly, chalcid wasp, chalcidfly - any of various tiny insects whose larvae are parasites on eggs and larvae of other insects; many are beneficial in destroying injurious insects
ichneumon fly - hymenopterous insect that resembles a wasp and whose larvae are parasitic on caterpillars and other insect larvae
sawfly - insect whose female has a saw-like ovipositor for inserting eggs into the leaf or stem tissue of a host plant
ant, emmet, pismire - social insect living in organized colonies; characteristically the males and fertile queen have wings during breeding season; wingless sterile females are the workers
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Survey for hymenopteran and dipteran parasitoids of the all armyworm (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) in Chiapas, Mexico.
For example, Crozier helped develop the view that social behavior might be particularly likely to evolve in hymenopteran insects.
On the other hand, a quantitative genetic analysis of locomotor performance in the hymenopteran parasitoid Aphidius ervi detected significant negative phenotypic and genetic correlations between maximum locomotor performance and performance breadth, whereas no significant relationship existed between maximum walking speed and optimum temperature (Gilchrist 1996).
However, leafhoppers (Cicadellidae), hymenopteran leaffolders, and lepidopteran tip leaf-rollers also showed a positive correlation with galling aphids.
With the hymenopteran parasitoids, survival during and following cold storage generally favours the females regardless of the stage of development that was stored (Archer and Eikenbary, 1973; Hofsvang and Hagvar, 1977; Kovalenkov and Kozlova, 1981; Jackson, 1986; Zhu and Zhang, 1987; Zhang, 1992; Whitaker-Deerberg et al.
For hymenopteran parasitoids, 150 to 200 species have demonstrated the ability in nearly every family to discriminate between parasitized and non-parasitized insect hosts (van Lenteren 1981).
The hymenopteran ovipositor basically comprised two pairs of valvifers, three pairs of valvulae originating from 8th and 9th segments (LeRalec and Wajnberg,1990).
Colony size seems to be related to several of features that characterize these eusocial hymenopteran societies.
Figures for 1970 established Ichneumonidae as the largest hymenopteran family with 69 genera (followed by Braconidae) and 140 species (followed by Formicidae).
Interspecific competition for seeds with Lepidopteran and Hymenopteran seed predators sometimes occurs in the Florida Keys on the native C.