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.

Thread-Waisted Wasp, Ammophila spp.
Thread-waisted wasps are prolific caterpillar hunters. Paralyzed caterpillars are used as food for their young while they develop in sand burrows.
Formicid Ant Scavengers
Ants are important scavengers. They are responsible for recycling huge amounts of organic material from fallen fruit to this unfortunate butterfly.
Formicid Ants Harvesting
Ants have adapted to take advantage of many different food types.
Formicid Ants Cephalotes spp.
These large and robust Brazilian ants were found fastidiously inspecting and cleaning exposed root sections on the damp forest floor.
Formicid Ants Big-Headed: 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
Giant Hunting Ants, Dinoponera grandis
These giant hunting ants are a formidable sight with an even more formidable sting.
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.
Formicid Ants Milking Treehopper Larva
These Ecuadorian ants are harvesting the sweet honeydew secretions of larval treehoppers in return for protection against other insect predators.
Vespid Paper Wasp
Taking a drink from the moisture that gathered on the surface of this tropical plant, this paper wasp builds clusters of hexagonal paper cells.
Paper Wasp, Mischocyttarus spp.
These paper wasps from Indonesia are capable of delivering a painful sting in defense of their paper-chewed nests.
Wild Honey Bee Comb
Wild bee honeycombs are constructed from hanging galleries of hexagonal wax cells.
Weaver Ants, Oecophylla spp.
This image illustrates how important it is to have the right chemical scent. Members of an individual colony possess the same "nest odor."