Spot ID Characters for the Order


Key Characters:

  • Wasp-waist present in ants, bees, and wasps
  • Triangular stigma in front wing of sawflies, horntails, and some wasps
  • Hamuli (tiny hooks on costa of hind wing) hold front and hind wings together
  • Common Families:

  • Apidae -- Bumble Bees and Honey Bees
  • Formicidae -- Ants
  • Vespidae -- Yellowjackets, Hornets, Paper Wasps, and Potter Wasps
  • Halictidae -- Sweat Bees
  • Sphecidae -- Sand Wasps, Digger Wasps, and Mud-daubers
  • Ichneumonidae -- Ichneumon Wasps

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    Last Updated:   11 November 2007
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    John R. Meyer
    Department of Entomology
    NC State University