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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.
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(ˌhaɪmɪˈnɒptərən) or


n, pl -terans, -tera (-tərə) or -terons
(Animals) any hymenopterous insect
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(ˌhaɪ məˈnɒp tər ən)

adj. n.
2. Also, hy′me•nop`ter. a hymenopterous insect.
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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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(1989) for hymenopteran galls induced on Struthanthus vulgaris leaves, and by Brooks and Shorthouse (1998) for galls induced by Diplolepis nodulosa (Cynipidae) on Rosa blanda stems.
Inquilines coexist with the gall inducer when they both feed on the same tissue; e.g., the hymenopteran inquiline Periclistus pirata Osten Sacken (Hymenoptera: Cynipidae) on stem galls of Diplolepis nodulosa Beutenmuller (Hymenoptera: Cynipidae) (Brooks & Shorthouse 1997).
Meantime, some interactions of these hymenopteran with spiders were documented only with emerged males (e.
kuriphilus is a hymenopteran native to China, which induces gall formation on green chestnut organs.
Lizards from Jalisco, fed mainly on homopterans, coleopterans, hymenopteran, orthopterans and isopterans (Medica & Arndt, 1976).
Seasonal phenology plays a vital role in the development and emergence of cavity-nesting hymenopteran species (Kemp and Bosch, 2005).
The aligned insect PPOs (totally 89 PPOs from 34 insect species) are clustered into six distinct groups, including the subfamilies for two lepidopteran PPOs, two dipteran PPOs, one coleopteran PPO, and one hymenopteran PPO.
To collect hymenopteran parasitoids, two Malaise traps (Towes 1972a) and four Moericke traps (Granger 1970) were installed by two transects distant about 400 m from each other and 20 m between them at both the OR site and the BPWR site.
(7.) Lauzon HAM, Garcia-Maruniak A, Zanotto P, Clemente JC, Herniou EA, Lucarotti CJ, Arif BM, Maruniak JE., Genomic comparison of Neodiprion sertifer and Neodiprion lecontei nucleopolyhedroviruses and identification of potential hymenopteran baculovirus-specific open reading frames.
Many hymenopteran species not only parasitize and deposit eggs in their hosts but also feed on their hosts (host feeding), which in some species results in host mortality (Jervis and Kidd, 1986).