Insect Invasion: Ants, Bees, and Wasps
Hymenoptera include famous examples of social insects, such as honey bees true ants; these insects have developed regimented social systems in which members are divided into worker, drone, and queen castes. Such social hymenoptera may live together in nests or hives of many thousands of individuals, all descended form a single queen. Not all hymenoptera are social. However; many live a solitary life, coming together only for a brief mating.
The hymenoptera have a complete life cycle: egg, larvae, pupa, and adult stages. But who's got the wings? Except for worker ants, most adults have two pairs of wings.
The Hymentoptera have two sets of wings, usually one being longer than the other. The shorter pair can be very difficult to see. Like Hymeno, the Greek God of Marriage, the name is appropriate not only for the membranous nature of the wings, but also for the manner in which they are "joined together as one" by the Hamuli or microscopic hooks. The coupling of their wings enable the insect to have a well controlled, rapid flight.
There are two orders in the Hymenoptera family:
Symphyta (Sawflies and Horntails) have a broad junction between the thorax and abdomen.
Aprocrita (Ants, Bees, and Wasps) have a narrow junction between the thorax and abdomen.
Got ants in your plants? Although some species are regarded as pests (e.g., sawflies, gall wasps, and some ants), most members are extremely beneficial. Either as natural enemies of insect pests (parasitic wasps) or as pollinators of flowering plant; having a symbiotic relationship. Flowers pollinated by bees are typically yellow or blue and often have patterns visible only under ultraviolet light, which bees can see. Bees are responsible for over 70% of agricultural crops.
Commonly known as cuckoo wasps or emerald wasps, the hymnopteran family Chrysididae is a very large cosmopolitan group of 3,000 different parasitoid or kleptoparasitic wasps, with brilliant metallic, iridescent colors. Typically associated with solitary bee and wasp species. They are capable of folding their bodies over rolling into a ball as a defensive mechanism.
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