This ClipArt gallery offers 196 pictures of numerous insects from the order Hymenoptera, including ants, bees, wasps, hornets, sawflies, and ichneumon.

"Bee, the common name given to a large family of hymenopterous or membranous-winged insects, of which the most important is the common hive or honey bee." -Vaughan, 1906

Bee Pollinating a Flower

"Bee, the common name given to a large family of hymenopterous or membranous-winged insects, of which…

The Honeybee, Apis mellifica.

A. Mellifica

The Honeybee, Apis mellifica.

A ground bee, Andrena vicina.

A. Vicina

A ground bee, Andrena vicina.

From the Bumblebees, Bombus frigidus.

B. Frigidus

From the Bumblebees, Bombus frigidus.

From the Bumblebees, Bombus pennsylvanicus.

B. Pennsylvanicus

From the Bumblebees, Bombus pennsylvanicus.

From the Bumblebees, Bombus ternarius.

B. Ternarius

From the Bumblebees, Bombus ternarius.

From the Bumblebees, Bombus terricola.

B. Terricola

From the Bumblebees, Bombus terricola.

From the Bumblebees, Bombus vagans.

B. Vagans

From the Bumblebees, Bombus vagans.

From the Bumblebees, Bombus virginicus.

B. Virginicus

From the Bumblebees, Bombus virginicus.

Carpenter bees are large, hairy bees distributed worldwide. Their name comes from the fact that nearly all species build their nests in burrows in dead wood, bamboo, or structural timbers. In several species, the females live in tunnels alongside their own daughters or sisters, creating a sort of social group. They use wood bits to form partitions between the cells in the nest. A few species bore holes in wood dwellings. Since the tunnels are near the surface, structural damage is generally minor or nonexistent.

Carpenter Bee

Carpenter bees are large, hairy bees distributed worldwide. Their name comes from the fact that nearly…

"The Carpenter Bee, or Wood Piercer, hollows out galleries in decayed wood, and builds in them cells placed one over the other - a work often occupying many weeks."

Carpenter Bee, Pupae, Eggs, Galleries and Nests

"The Carpenter Bee, or Wood Piercer, hollows out galleries in decayed wood, and builds in them cells…

A bee of the family Apidae.

Cuckoo Bee

A bee of the family Apidae.

"The working bee, for collecting wax, enters a flower, the stamens of which are loaded with pollen. This dust attaches itself to the brush-like hairs covering the body of the bee, when, by rubbing itself with the brushes with which the tarsi are furnished, the insect collects it into little parcels, which it places on small palettes, hollowed out on the surface of its hund limbs." &mdash Goodrich, 1859

Drone Bee

"The working bee, for collecting wax, enters a flower, the stamens of which are loaded with pollen.…

"Bee is the common name given to a large family of hymenopterous or membranous-winged insects, of which the most important is the common hive or honey bee (apis mellifica). It belongs to the warmer parts of the Eastern Hemisphere, but is now naturalized in the Western. A hive commonly consists of one mother or queen, from 600 to 800 males or drones, and from 15,000 to 20,000 working bees, formerly termed neuters, but now known to be imperfectly developed females. The humblebees, or bumblebees, of which over 60 species are found in North America, belong to the genus bombus, which is almost world wide in its distribution. "—(Charles Leonard-Stuart, 1911)

Drone Bee

"Bee is the common name given to a large family of hymenopterous or membranous-winged insects, of which…

Drone bee

Drone Bee

Drone bee

A drone bee

Drone Bee

A drone bee

A drone bee and drone cells in which it develops.

Drone Bee

A drone bee and drone cells in which it develops.

"The female is smaller than the male, and has a longer body than the working bee; the wings are shorter in proportion. The only part she has to play is that of laying eggs, so she has no palettes and brushes."

Female or Queen Bee (Apis Mellifica)

"The female is smaller than the male, and has a longer body than the working bee; the wings are shorter…

A ground bee, Halictus confusus.

H. Confusus

A ground bee, Halictus confusus.

The honey-bee is of European origin, and has long been domesticated.

Honey Bee

The honey-bee is of European origin, and has long been domesticated.

The larva of the honey-bee.

Honey Bee

The larva of the honey-bee.

The pupa of the honey-bee.

Honey Bee

The pupa of the honey-bee.

The pupa of the honey-bee.

Honey Bee

The pupa of the honey-bee.

The worker or infertile female honey-bee.

Honey Bee

The worker or infertile female honey-bee.

The queen or fertile female honey-bee.

Honey Bee

The queen or fertile female honey-bee.

"They are said to have originated in Greece, but have since spread all over the world; they live in colonies composed of from ten to thirty thousand neuter or <em>Working Bees</em>, of from six to eight hundred males called <em>Drones</em>, and of a single female, which seems to reign as <em>Queen</em>." &mdash Goodrich, 1859

Honey Bee

"They are said to have originated in Greece, but have since spread all over the world; they live in…

"Queen Honey Bee"-Whitney, 1902

Honey Bee

"Queen Honey Bee"-Whitney, 1902

"Neuter Worker Bee"-Whitney, 1902

Honey Bee

"Neuter Worker Bee"-Whitney, 1902

"As the larva increases in size, its food is made to acquire a more decided taste of honey. In the space of five days, the larvae are developed. The perfect insect is hatched seven or eight days after its transformation into a pupa."

Larva of the Bee

"As the larva increases in size, its food is made to acquire a more decided taste of honey. In the space…

A leaf-cutter bee, Megachile species. Adult with wings at rest.

Leaf-Cutter Bee

A leaf-cutter bee, Megachile species. Adult with wings at rest.

A leaf-cutter bee, Megachile species. Adult with wings expanded.

Leaf-Cutter Bee

A leaf-cutter bee, Megachile species. Adult with wings expanded.

A leaf-cutter bee, Megachile species. Bee is at work on a rose-leaf.

Leaf-Cutter Bee

A leaf-cutter bee, Megachile species. Bee is at work on a rose-leaf.

A leaf-cutter bee, Megachile species. Segments of leaves cut from leaf-cutter bee.

Leaf-Cutter Bee

A leaf-cutter bee, Megachile species. Segments of leaves cut from leaf-cutter bee.

A leaf-cutter bee, Megachile species. Leaves cut from leaf-cutter bee in a burrow in a dead branch.

Leaf-Cutter Bee

A leaf-cutter bee, Megachile species. Leaves cut from leaf-cutter bee in a burrow in a dead branch.

The Leaf-cutter bee, Megachile latimana.

M. Latimana

The Leaf-cutter bee, Megachile latimana.

"The males are larger and more hairy than the working bee, emitting a sonorous and buzzing sound, have no palettes on their legs, the hairs on their tarsi are not appropriate to the work of gathering, their mandibles are sharper, and they have no sting like that with which the working bee is provided."

Male or Drone Bee (Apis Mellifica)

"The males are larger and more hairy than the working bee, emitting a sonorous and buzzing sound, have…

"The Mason Bees build their nests against the walls with tempered earth, which becomes very hard."

Mason Bee and Nest

"The Mason Bees build their nests against the walls with tempered earth, which becomes very hard."

Mining bees, or digger bees, (familys Andrenidae & Anthophoridae) nest in burrows in the ground. Each mining bee female usually digs her own individual burrow to rear her own young. Large numbers of these bees may nest near one another if soil conditions are suitable.

Mining Bee

Mining bees, or digger bees, (familys Andrenidae & Anthophoridae) nest in burrows in the ground. Each…

A queen bee.

Queen Bee

A queen bee.

"The queen bee is larger and longer than the other bees; she moves in a slow and majestic manner, and is always accompanied by a guard of twelve workers, an office taken in turn, and never intermitted." &mdash Goodrich, 1859

Queen Bee

"The queen bee is larger and longer than the other bees; she moves in a slow and majestic manner, and…

"Bee is the common name given to a large family of hymenopterous or membranous-winged insects, of which the most important is the common hive or honey bee (apis mellifica). It belongs to the warmer parts of the Eastern Hemisphere, but is now naturalized in the Western. A hive commonly consists of one mother or queen, from 600 to 800 males or drones, and from 15,000 to 20,000 working bees, formerly termed neuters, but now known to be imperfectly developed females. The humblebees, or bumblebees, of which over 60 species are found in North America, belong to the genus bombus, which is almost world wide in its distribution. "&mdash;(Charles Leonard-Stuart, 1911)

Queen Bee

"Bee is the common name given to a large family of hymenopterous or membranous-winged insects, of which…

Queen bee

Queen Bee

Queen bee

A queen bee

Queen Bee

A queen bee

A queen bee and queen cell in which it develops, opened and closed.

Queen Bee

A queen bee and queen cell in which it develops, opened and closed.

"The Leaf Cutting Bees make their nests in tubes lined with the leaves of the rose, the willow, the lilac, etc., placed in a cylindrical burrow."

Rose Megachile Bee (Megachile Centuncularis)

"The Leaf Cutting Bees make their nests in tubes lined with the leaves of the rose, the willow, the…

A Worker Bee.

Worker Bee

A Worker Bee.

"Bee is the common name given to a large family of hymenopterous or membranous-winged insects, of which the most important is the common hive or honey bee (apis mellifica). It belongs to the warmer parts of the Eastern Hemisphere, but is now naturalized in the Western. A hive commonly consists of one mother or queen, from 600 to 800 males or drones, and from 15,000 to 20,000 working bees, formerly termed neuters, but now known to be imperfectly developed females. The humblebees, or bumblebees, of which over 60 species are found in North America, belong to the genus bombus, which is almost world wide in its distribution. "&mdash;(Charles Leonard-Stuart, 1911)

Worker Bee

"Bee is the common name given to a large family of hymenopterous or membranous-winged insects, of which…

Worker bee

Worker Bee

Worker bee

A worker bee

Worker Bee

A worker bee

"Under Side of Worker, carrying Wax Scales." &mdash; The Encyclopedia Britannica, 1910

Worker Bee

"Under Side of Worker, carrying Wax Scales." — The Encyclopedia Britannica, 1910

A worker bee and worker cells in which it develops.

Worker Bee

A worker bee and worker cells in which it develops.

""The working bee, for collecting wax, enters a flower, the stamens of which are loaded with pollen. This dust attaches itself to the brush-like hairs covering the body of the bee, when, by rubbing itself with the brushes with which the tarsi are furnished, the insect collects it into little parcels, which it places on small palettes, hollowed out on the surface of its hund limbs." &mdash Goodrich, 1859

Working Bees

""The working bee, for collecting wax, enters a flower, the stamens of which are loaded with pollen.…

"Bees visiting flowers. At the left, a bumblebee on the flower of the dead nettle; below, a similar bee in the flower of the horse-chestnut; above, a honey-bee in the flower of a violet." -Bergen, 1896

Bees Visiting Flowers

"Bees visiting flowers. At the left, a bumblebee on the flower of the dead nettle; below, a similar…

"Honey bee (Apis mellifica). a, queen (perfect female); b, worker (imperfect female); and c, drone (male)." -Parker, 1900

Honey Bees

"Honey bee (Apis mellifica). a, queen (perfect female); b, worker (imperfect female); and c, drone (male)."…

Bees are flying insects closely related to wasps and ants. Honey bees (or honeybees) are a subset of bees, primarily distinguished by the production and storage of honey and the construction of perennial, colonial nests out of wax. A colony generally contains one queen bee, a fertile female; seasonally up to a few thousand drone bees or fertile males; and a large seasonally variable population of sterile female worker bees. Eggs are laid singly in a cell in a wax honeycomb, produced and shaped by the worker bees. Larvae are initially fed with royal jelly produced by worker bees, later switching to honey and pollen.

Honey Bees

Bees are flying insects closely related to wasps and ants. Honey bees (or honeybees) are a subset of…

Bees are flying insects closely related to wasps and ants. Honey bees (or honeybees) are a subset of bees, primarily distinguished by the production and storage of honey and the construction of perennial, colonial nests out of wax. A colony generally contains one queen bee, a fertile female; seasonally up to a few thousand drone bees or fertile males; and a large seasonally variable population of sterile female worker bees. Eggs are laid singly in a cell in a wax honeycomb, produced and shaped by the worker bees. Larvae are initially fed with royal jelly produced by worker bees, later switching to honey and pollen.

Honey Bees

Bees are flying insects closely related to wasps and ants. Honey bees (or honeybees) are a subset of…

Bees are flying insects closely related to wasps and ants. Honey bees (or honeybees) are a subset of bees, primarily distinguished by the production and storage of honey and the construction of perennial, colonial nests out of wax. A colony generally contains one queen bee, a fertile female; seasonally up to a few thousand drone bees or fertile males; and a large seasonally variable population of sterile female worker bees. A honeycomb is a mass of hexagonal wax cells built by honey bees in their nests to contain their larvae and stores of honey and pollen.

Honey Bees

Bees are flying insects closely related to wasps and ants. Honey bees (or honeybees) are a subset of…

The male chalcid wasp (Eurytoma prunicola) is a parasitoid in the family Chalcididae.

Male Chalcid Wasp

The male chalcid wasp (Eurytoma prunicola) is a parasitoid in the family Chalcididae.

Cephus Pygmaeus, wheat-stem saw-fly, larva.

Saw Wheat-Stem Fly

Cephus Pygmaeus, wheat-stem saw-fly, larva.

Cephus Pygmaeus, wheat-stem saw-fly, adult female.

Saw Wheat-Stem Fly

Cephus Pygmaeus, wheat-stem saw-fly, adult female.