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Hymenoptera is one of the largest orders of insects, comprising the sawflies, wasps, bees, and ants. There are over 130,000 recognised species, with many more remaining to be described. The name refers to the heavy wings of the insects, and is derived from the Ancient Greek á½‘Î¼Î®Î½ (hymen): membrane and Ï€Ï„ÎµÏÏŒÎ½ (pteron): wing. The hindwings are connected to the forewings by a series of hooks called hamuli.
Females typically have a special ovipositor for inserting eggs into hosts or otherwise inaccessible places. The ovipositor is often modified into a stinger. The young develop through complete metamorphosis â€” that is, they have a worm-like larval stage and an inactive pupal stage before they mature (See holometabolism).