'Ants, bees, and wasps'
Amazon antany of several small reddish ants of the genus Polyergus, esp P. rufescens, that enslave the young of other ant speciesant or (archaic or dialect) emmetany small social insect of the widely distributed hymenopterous family Formicidae, typically living in highly organized colonies of winged males, wingless sterile females (workers), and fertile females (queens), which are winged until after matingarmy ant or legionary antany of various mainly tropical American predatory ants of the subfamily Dorylinae, which live in temporary nests and travel in vast hordes preying on other animals beeany hymenopterous insect of the superfamily Apoidea, which includes social forms such as the honeybee and solitary forms such as the carpenter bee blue ant (Australian)bulldog ant, bull ant, or (Austral.) bull Joeany large Australian ant of the genus Myrmecia, having a powerful stinging bite: subfamily Ponerinae bumblebee or humblebeeany large hairy social bee of the genus Bombus and related genera, of temperate regions: family Apidae carpenter beeany large solitary bee of the genus Xylocopa and related genera that lays its eggs in tunnels bored into wood or in plant stems: family Apidae cicada hunter (Australian)cuckoo beeany of several species of parasitic or inquiline bee the queen of which lays her eggs in the nest of the bumblebee or other species, sometimes killing the host queen, leaving her eggs to be raised by the workers of the nest digger waspany solitary wasp of the families Sphecidae and Pamphilidae that digs nest holes in the ground, rotten wood, or a hollow stem and stocks them with live insects for the larvae driver antany of various tropical African predatory ants of the subfamily Dorylinae, which live in temporary nests and travel in vast hordes preying on other animals flower wasp (Australian)gall waspany small solitary wasp of the family Cynipidae and related families that produces galls in plant tissue, which provide shelter and food for the larvae honeybee or hive beeany of various social honey-producing bees of the genus Apis, esp A. mellifera, which has been widely domesticated as a source of honey and beeswax honeypot ant or honey ant (Australian)any of several ants, esp. of the genus Myrmecocystus, that feed on honeydew or nectar and store the excess juices in the bodies of certain worker antshorntail or wood waspany of various large wasplike insects of the hymenopterous family Siricidae, the females of which have a strong stout ovipositor and lay their eggs in the wood of felled trees.ichneumon fly or ichneumon waspany hymenopterous insect of the family Ichneumonidae, whose larvae are parasitic in caterpillars and other insect larvaekiller beean African honeybee, or one of its hybrids originating in Brazil, that is extremely aggressive when disturbed kootchar (Australian)leafcutter antany of various South American ants of the genus Atta that cut pieces of leaves and use them as fertilizer for the fungus on which they feed leafcutter beeany of various solitary bees of the genus Megachile that nest in soil or rotten wood, constructing the cells in which they lay their eggs from pieces of leaf mason beeany bee of the family Megachilidae that builds a hard domelike nest of sand, clay, etc, held together with saliva mason waspa solitary wasp of the genus Odynerus that excavates its nest in sand or the mortar of old walls minga (Australian)mining beea solitary bee of the genera Andrena and Halictus, which sometimes resemble honey bees mud dauberany of various wasps of the family Sphecidae, that construct cells of mud or clay in which they lay their eggs and store live insects as food for the developing larvae native bee or sugarbag fly (Australian)Pharaoh anta small yellowish-red ant, Monomorium pharaonis, of warm regions: accidentally introduced into many countries, infesting heated buildings policeman fly (Australian)ruby-tail waspany of various brightly coloured wasps of the family Chrysididae, having a metallic sheen, which parasitize bees and other solitary wasps sand waspa solitary wasp of the subfamily Sphecinae, a subgroup of the digger wasps most of which nest in sandy ground Sirex wasp (Australian)slave antany of various ants, esp Formica fusca, captured and forced to do the work of a colony of ants of another species (slave-making ants) spider-hunting waspany solitary wasp of the superfamily Pompiloidea, having a slender elongated body: the fast-running female hunts spiders as a food store for her larvae termite or white antany whitish ant-like social insect of the order Isoptera, of warm and tropical regions. Some species feed on wood, causing damage to furniture, buildings, trees, etc velvet anta solitary digger wasp of the family Mutillidae waspany social hymenopterous insect of the family Vespidae, esp Vespula vulgaris (common wasp), typically having a black-and-yellow body and an ovipositor specialized for stinging wood anta reddish-brown European ant, Formica rufa, typically living in anthills in woodlands yellow jacket (US, Canadian)any of several social wasps of the genus Vespa, having yellow markings on the body ▷ See bee
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