Order Hymenoptera

(Bees, Ants, Hornets, etc.)

Domain: EucaryaKingdom: AnimaliaPhylum: ArthropodaClass: Insecta Order Phenology

Families of the Order Hymenoptera Discovered in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Family Common Name Photo Example Where? Phenology
AndrenidaeAndrenid bees HerePhenology
ApidaeLong-tongued bees: bumble bee, domestic honey bee, etc. HerePhenology
ArgidaeArgid sawflies(not available) HerePhenology
AulacidaeParasitic wasps(not available) HerePhenology
CephidaeStem sawflies(not available) HerePhenology
ChalcididaeChalcidid Parasitic wasps(not available) HerePhenology
ChrysididaeBees, Ants, Hornets, etc.(not available) HerePhenology
CimbicidaeClub antenna sawflies(not available) HerePhenology
ColletidaeColletid, Plasterer, and Yellow-faced bees HerePhenology
CynipidaePlant gall wasps(not available) HerePhenology
EurytomidaeParasitic wasps(not available) HerePhenology
EvaniidaeHatchet wasps(not available) HerePhenology
FormicidaeAnts HerePhenology
GasteruptiidaeSlender Parasitic wasps(not available) HerePhenology
HalictidaeSweat bees HerePhenology
HeloridaeParasitic wasps(not available) HerePhenology
Hymenoptera_familyBees, Ants, Hornets, etc.(not available) HerePhenology
IbaliidaeLarge Parasitic wasps(not available) HerePhenology
MegachilidaeLeafcutting bees HerePhenology
MutillidaeVelvet Ants(not available) HerePhenology
PamphiliidaeConifer sawflies(not available) HerePhenology
PergidaePergid sawflies(not available) HerePhenology
PompilidaeSpider wasps(not available) HerePhenology
PteromalidaeParasitic wasps(not available) HerePhenology
SierolomorphidaeDark solitary wasps(not available) HerePhenology
SiricidaeHorntails(not available) HerePhenology
SphecidaeThread-waisted wasps: diggers, mud daubers, etc.(not available) HerePhenology
Symphyta_familySawflies(not available) HerePhenology
TenthredinidaeCommon sawflies HerePhenology
TiphiidaeLarge parasitic wasp(not available) HerePhenology
TrigonalyidaeParasitic wasps(not available) HerePhenology
VespidaeHornets, wasps, and yellowjackets HerePhenology
XiphydriidaeLong-necked wood wasp (sawfly)(not available) HerePhenology
XyelidaeLeg-like antennae-bearing sawflies(not available) HerePhenology

Can't find the families you are looking for? Note:
Families on this list are only those contained in the ATBI database,
and do not neccessarily include all Park families from historic park reports, literature,
or other sources that have not yet been entered in the Biodiversity Database.
Also note: where the family name ends with '_family', it means that the family
name has not yet been agreed upon by taxonomists for this group,
or that it was not identified to this level.

In Case You Didn't Know ...
Hymenoptera is the order of insects that includes the ants, wasps, bees, and sawflies. They have two pairs of wings and chewing mouthparts. Many wasps and bees are equipped with stingers for defense and/or immobilizing prey. It is also the only order besides Isoptera (termites) to have a complex social systems with division of labor.
Prior to the DLIA we knew of 250 species in the Park. Now, we have 925 species; 21 of these discoveries are new to science and 654 are new to the Park.