The ongoing, purely-for-fun task of finding my favorite representatives across the animal kingdom continues with: Hymenoptera.
Hymenoptera are the ants, wasps and bees. Without any doubt or hesitation they are my favorite of all the insect orders. They are absolutely fascinating to watch, beautiful to look at and their behavior—especially amongst the social varieties—is amazingly complex. And a bonus: many of them are poisonous and potentially dangerous!
Yellowjacket Vespula germanica
Mason Bee Osmia spp.
Velvet Ant (Cow Killer) Dasymutilla spp.
Western Harvester Ant Pogonomyrmex occidentalis
Tarantula Hawks Pepsis spp.
Leafcutter Ants Atta spp. & Acromyrmex spp.
Abejorro Chileno (Moscardón Chileno, or Giant Orange Bumble Bee) Bombus dahlbomii
(Pics are from Wikipedia and Project Noah.)
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