Minnesota Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies

 
Order Hymenoptera
 

Hymenoptera (ants, bees, wasps and sawflies) is the order of insects that is characterized by having two pairs of membranous wings and an ovipositor specialized for stinging or piercing. The order includes ants, bees, wasps, hornets, sawflies, and horntails.

There are about 125,000 known species worldwide, about 18,000 species in more than 2,000 genera in North America north of Mexico.

black and yellow mud dauber

 

 

           
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Taschenberg’s long-necked ant
     

Taschenberg’s long-necked ant (Dolichoderus taschenbergi) is a small odorous ant. It occurs in the United States from Maine to North Dakota, south to Georgia and Louisiana, and in Canada from Nova Scotia to Manitoba. It is uncommon throughout its range but is most abundant in the north. It is found in open areas including old fields, woodland edges, and bogs. It forms huge colonies, often with multiple queens and more than 10,000 workers. It constructs igloo-shaped dome nests, 2 to 8 in height, using grasses, sphagnum mosses, spruce and pine needles, and other shredded vegetation. It the spring it can sometimes be found massed aboveground warming in the sun.

Workers are uniformly colored. The overall color is sometimes interpreted as “dark brownish-black”, sometimes as “all black”, sometimes as “jet black”. The head and front part of the body are dull, the rear of the body is shiny. The last segment of the front part of the body (propodeum) is an important identifying feature. When viewed from above, the propodeum is squarish, about as long as wide. When viewed from the side, the propodeum is distinctly concave and has the appearance of a bottle opener.

  Taschenberg’s long-necked ant
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Elm leafminer
     

Elm leafminer (Fenusa ulmi) is a very small common sawfly. It is native to eastern Europe and Scandinavia. It was brought to North America most likely on imported elms. It now occurs in the United States from New England to the upper Midwest, in the Pacific Northwest, and in southeast Canada. Based on the scarcity of reports, it is still relatively uncommon in Minnesota. Adults are small and dark colored.

Due to the small size of the adult, elm leafminer is most often identified by the damage the larva causes to its host plant. Mines are seen from mid-May to early June on American elm and slippery elm. The larva feeds between the upper and lower surfaces of the leaf. It creates a serpentine mine at first. That soon develops into a small blotch between two lateral veins, later into a large blotch on one side if the midrib. The mines are clear and the flattened, whitish-green or yellowish-white larva can be seen when viewing the upper side of the leaf. The infected part of the leaf turns brown and eventually falls off. A heavy infestation may cause the entire tree to defoliate, but the infected tree flushes again and survives.

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Black-and-gold bumble bee
     

Black-and-gold bumble bee (Bombus auricomus) is common, large, colonial bumble bee. It occurs in North America east of the Rocky mountains. It is common in southern Minnesota, less common in the north. It is one of the largest bumble bees in Minnesota. Females (worker bees) are up to ¾ long. It is found in grasslands and open areas. It lives in small colonies of about 35 workers.

Black-and-gold bumble bee is identified by its large size; there is a patch of yellow hairs on the back of the head; the thorax that is yellow on the front third, black on the rear two thirds, and has a very narrow yellow band at the rear; and the abdomen is black except for the entirely yellow second and third segments.

  black-and-gold bumble bee
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Nomad bee (Nomada sp.)
     

There are more than 850 species of nomad bee (Nomada sp.) worldwide, more than 280 species in North America. Like other cuckoo bees (subfamily Nomadinae), nomad bees do not construct nests, but lay their eggs in the nests of ground-nesting bees. One to four eggs are laid in the cell wall of the host nest. The larvae have large, outward-facing, scissor-like mandibles. The first larva to emerge destroys all the other eggs, both those of the host and those of its own siblings. It consumes the pollen provisioned by its host, and emerges as an adult the same time as the host adults emerge.

Nomad bees are usually black, black and red, or entirely red, with yellow, white, and/or red markings. Many species have red legs. The genus Nomada includes the only bees in North America that are entirely red. They have short, thin, and inconspicuous hairs on the body and no pollen-collecting hairs (scopa) on the hind legs. They look more like wasps than a bees.

  nomad bee (Nomada sp.)
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Downy yellowjacket
     

Downy yellowjacket (Vespula flavopilosa) is an uncommon, medium-sized, predatory, social wasp. It is found in the northeastern United States from Minnesota to Maine, south to Virginia, and along the Appalachian mountains to northern Georgia. It closely resembles eastern yellowjacket. It is thought by some to be a hybrid between eastern and common yellowjackets. Others suggest that it probably arose as a hybrid but now queens mate with drones of the same species.

The overwintering queen emerges from hibernation in April or May. She builds a nest of 20 to 45 cells and cares for the grubs as they hatch. In about 30 days the workers emerge and take over nest building duties. Through spring and summer the queen produces a large number of worker wasps. In mid-summer, the nest grows exponentially, as more and more workers become available, ultimately with 3,500 to 15,000 cells. Only the new queens survive the winter, hibernating under loose tree bark, in a decaying stump, or in another sheltered location.

In eastern North America, four yellowjacket species, common, downy, eastern, and German yellowjackets, closely resemble each other, making identification difficult. Downy yellowjacket is distinguished from the others by a continuous, uninterrupted yellow band on the face below the compound eye; and by the shape and pattern of black markings on the first and second abdominal segments.

  downy yellowjacket
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bumble bee (Bombus spp.)

hairy-banded mining bee (Andrena hirticincta)

long-horned bee (Melissodes spp.)

four-banded stink bug hunter wasp (Bicyrtes quadrifasciatus)

oak gall wasp (Amphibolips cookii)

larger empty oak apple wasp (Amphibolips quercusinanis)

roseslug (Endelomyia aethiops)

pigeon tremex (Tremex columba)

  pigeon tremex
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This list includes only ants, bees, wasps and sawflies that have been recorded in Minnesota, but not all of the ants, bees, wasps and sawflies found in Minnesota.

             
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acorn plum gall wasp

alfalfa leafcutting bee

Allegheny mound ant

ant (Family Formicidae)

bald-faced hornet

bicolored striped sweat bee

black and yellow mud dauber

black-and-gold bumble bee

braconid wasp (Atanycolus sp.)

broad-handed leafcutting bee

brown-belted bumble bee

bumble bee (Bombus sp.)

common eastern bumble bee

common sawfly (Family Tenthredinidae)

common sawfly (Macrophya epinota)

common sawfly (Macrophya pulchella)

common sawfly (Macrophya sp.)

common sawfly (Macrophya trisyllaba)

cuckoo_wasp_(Elampus_sp)

cuckoo wasp (Subfamily Chrysidinae)

curled rose sawfly

digger bee (Anthophora terminalis)

dogwood sawfly

downy yellowjacket

eastern yellowjacket

eight-toothed cuckoo leaf-cutter bee

elm leafminer

elm sawfly

four-banded stink bug hunter wasp

fraternal potter wasp

German yellowjacket

grass-carrying wasp (mexicana)

great black wasp

great golden digger wasp

hairy-banded mining bee

half-black bumble bee

ichneumon wasp (Aritranis director)

Ichneumon Wasp (Cosmoconus sp.)

ichneumon wasp (Cratichneumon spp.)

ichneumon wasp (Family Ichneumonidae)

ichneumon wasp (Lissonota sp.)

ichneumon wasp (Ophionellus sp.)

ichneumon wasp (Therion sp.)

larger empty oak apple wasp

leaf-cutter bee (Megachile sp.)

lemon cuckoo bumble bee

long-horned bee (Melissodes sp.)

metallic bluish-green cuckoo wasp

New York carpenter ant

nomad bee (Nomada sp.)

northern amber bumble bee

northern paper wasp

oak flake gall wasp

oak gall wasp (Amphibolips cookii)

oak rough bulletgall wasp

pelecinid wasp

pigeon tremex

podzol mound ant

potter wasp (Eumeninae)

pure green augochlora

pyramid ant

red-belted bumble bee

roseslug

sand-loving wasp (Tachytes distinctus)

silky agapostemon

somewhat silky mound ant

spider wasp (Caliadurgus fasciatellus)

spider wasp (Pompilidae)

spiny rose stem gall wasp

spongy oak apple gall wasp

square-headed wasp

sweat bee (Subfamily Halictinae)

Taschenberg’s long-necked ant

terminal mummy wasp

Texas leaf-cutter bee

thread-waisted wasp (Sphecinae)

tricolored bumble bee

true melissodes bee (Melissodes Subgenus Eumelissodes)

turfgrass ant

two-spotted bumble bee

western honey bee

wild carrot wasp

wood ant (Formica sp.)

yellow-faced bee (Hylaeus sp.)

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acorn plum gall wasp (Amphibolips quercusjuglans)

 
       

agile long-horned bee (Melissodes agilis)

 
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alfalfa leafcutting bee (Megachile rotundata)

 
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Allegheny mound ant (Formica exsectoides)

 
       

alternate cuckoo-leaf-cutter bee (Coelioxys alternatus)

 
       

American ant (Myrmica americana)

 
       

American bumble bee (Bombus pensylvanicus)

 
       

American sand wasp (Bembix americana spinolae)

 
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ants (Family Formicidae)

 
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bald-faced hornet (Dolichovespula maculata)

 
       

bald-spot sweat bee (Lasioglossum paraforbesii)

 
       

bellflower resin bee (Megachile campanulae)

 
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bicolored striped sweat bee (Agapostemon virescens)

 
       

bi-lobed cuckoo sweat bee (Sphecodes confertus)

 
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black and yellow mud dauber (Sceliphron caementarium)

 
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black-and-gold bumble bee (Bombus auricomus)

 
       

black-and-gray leaf-cutter bee (Megachile melanophaea)

 
       

black and red horntail (Urocerus cressoni)

 
       

black-headed ash sawfly (Tethida cordigera)

 
       

blood-red ant (Formica sanguinea)

 
       

blue orchard bee (Osmia lignaria lignaria)

 
       

blue-winged wasp (Scolia dubia)

 
       

braconid wasp (Atanycolus charus)

 
       

braconid wasp (Atanycolus crassicruris)

 
       

braconid wasp (Atanycolus longicauda)

 
       

braconid wasp (Atanycolus nigropyga)

 
       

braconid wasp (Atanycolus niteofrons)

 
       

braconid wasp (Atanycolus rugosiventris)

 
       

braconid wasp (Atanycolus simplex)

 
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braconid wasp (Atanycolus spp.)

 
       

braconid wasp (Atanycolus ulmicola)

 
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braconid wasp (Family Braconidae)

 
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broad-handed leafcutting bee (Megachile latimanus)

 
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brown-belted bumble bee (Bombus griseocollis)

 
       

brown-headed ash sawfly (Tomostethus multicinctus)

 
       

brown-winged striped sweat bee (Agapostemon splendens)

 
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bumble bee (Bombus spp.)

 
       

chalcid wasp (Melittobia spp.)

 
       

cherry gall wasp (Cynips quercusfolii)

 
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common aerial yellowjacket (Dolichovespula arenaria)

 
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common eastern bumble bee (Bombus impatiens)

 
       

common little leaf-cutter bee (Megachile brevis)

 
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common sawfly (Family Tenthredinidae)

 
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common sawfly (Macrophya epinota)

 
       

common sawfly (Macrophya flavolineata)

 
       

common sawfly (Macrophya fumator)

 
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common sawfly (Macrophya pulchella)

 
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common sawfly (Macrophya spp.)

 
       

common sawfly (Macrophya tibiator)

 
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common sawfly (Macrophya trisyllaba)

 
       

common sawfly (Monophadnoides spp.)

 
       

common yellowjacket (Vespula alascensis)

 
       

confusing bumble bee (Bombus perplexus)

 
       

confusing furrow bee (Halictus confusus)

 
       

confusing long-horned bee (Melissodes confusa)

 
       

constrained cuckoo carder bee (Stelis coarctatus)

 
       

cornfield ant (Lasius alienus)

 
       

Cresson’s sweat bee (Lasioglossum cressonii)

 
       

cuckoo wasp (Chrysura smaragdula)

 
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cuckoo wasp (Elampus spp.)

 
       

cuckoo wasp (Family Chrysididae)

 
       

cuckoo wasp (Hedychrum confusum)

 
       

cuckoo wasp (Muesbeckidium obsoletum)

 
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cuckoo wasp (Subfamily Chrysidinae)

 
       

cuckoo wasp (Trichrysis doriae)

 
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curled rose sawfly (Allantus cinctus)

 
       

cyclops cuckoo sweat bee (Sphecodes heraclei)

 
       

Davis’s cuckoo sweat bee (Sphecodes davisii)

 
       

denticulate long-horned bee (Melissodes denticulatus)

 
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digger bee (Anthophora terminalis)

 
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dogwood sawfly (Macremphytus tarsatus)

 
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downy yellowjacket (Vespula flavopilosa)

 
       

Drury’s long-horned bee (Melissodes druriellus)

 
       

dull-breasted sweat bee (Lasioglossum pectorale)

 
       

dusky birch sawfly (Croesus latitarsus)

 
       

eastern black carpenter ant (Camponotus pennsylvanicus)

 
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eastern yellowjacket (Vespula maculifrons)

 
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eight-toothed cuckoo leaf-cutter bee (Coelioxys octodentata)

 
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elm leafminer (Fenusa ulmi)

 
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elm sawfly (Cimbex americana)

 
       

European paper wasp (Polistes dominula)

 
       

European pine sawfly (Neodiprion sertifer)

 
       

Fernald's cuckoo bumble bee (Bombus fernaldae)

 
       

flat-tailed leaf-cutter bee (Megachile mendica)

 
       

forest yellowjacket (Vespula acadica)

 
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four-banded stink bug hunter wasp (Bicyrtes quadrifasciatus)

 
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fraternal potter wasp (Eumenes fraternus)

 
       

frigid bumble bee (Bombus frigidus)

 
       

frigid leaf-cutter bee (Megachile frigida)

 
       

fuzzy mound ant (Formica lasioides)

 
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German yellowjacket (Vespula germanica)

 
       

giant ichneumon (Megarhyssa atrata)

 
       

giant ichneumon (Megarhyssa macrurus)

 
       

golden northern bumble bee (Bombus fervidus)

 
       

golden sweat bee (Augochlorella aurata)

 
       

goldenrod long-horned bee (Melissodes menuachus)

 
       

gouty oak gall wasp (Callirhytis quercus punctata)

 
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grass-carrying wasp (Isodontia mexicana)

 
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great black wasp (Sphex pensylvanicus)

 
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great golden digger wasp (Sphex ichneumoneus)

 
       

green metallic sweat bee (Augochloropsis metallica)

 
       

ground hornet (Vespula vidua)

 
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hairy-banded mining bee (Andrena hirticincta)

 
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half-black bumble bee (Bombus vagans)

 
       

hawthorn leafminer (Profenusa canadensis)

 
       

high noon ant (Forelius pruinosus)

 
       

homogeneous cuckoo sweat bee (Sphecodes persimilis)

 
       

Hunt’s bumble bee (Bombus huntii)

 
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ichneumon wasp (Aritranis director)

 
       

ichneumon wasp (Cosmoconus canadensis)

 
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ichneumon wasp (Cosmoconus spp.)

 
       

ichneumon wasp (Cratichneumon annulatipes)

 
       

ichneumon wasp (Cratichneumon paratus)

 
       

ichneumon wasp (Cratichneumon pteridis)

 
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ichneumon wasp (Cratichneumon spp.)

 
       

ichneumon wasp (Cratichneumon sublatus)

 
       

ichneumon wasp (Cratichneumon tyloidifer)

 
       

ichneumon wasp (Cratichneumon unifasciatorius)

 
       

ichneumon wasp (Cratichneumon vescus)

 
       

ichneumon wasp (Cratichneumon vinnulus)

 
       

ichneumon wasp (Cratichneumon w-album)

 
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ichneumon wasp (Family Ichneumonidae)

 
       

ichneumon wasp (Lissonota acrobasidis)

 
       

ichneumon wasp (Lissonota atrimalis)

 
       

ichneumon wasp (Lissonota brevipappus)

 
       

ichneumon wasp (Lissonota brunnea)

 
       

ichneumon wasp (Lissonota conferta)

 
       

ichneumon wasp (Lissonota coracina)

 
       

ichneumon wasp (Lissonota crevieri)

 
       

ichneumon wasp (Lissonota cruralis)

 
       

ichneumon wasp (Lissonota cylpeator)

 
       

ichneumon wasp (Lissonota exigua)

 
       

ichneumon wasp (Lissonota exilis)

 
       

ichneumon wasp (Lissonota imitatrix)

 
       

ichneumon wasp (Lissonota parva)

 
       

ichneumon wasp (Lissonota punctata)

 
       

ichneumon wasp (Lissonota rubrica)

 
       

ichneumon wasp (Lissonota scutellaris)

 
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ichneumon wasp (Lissonota spp.)

 
       

ichneumon wasp (Lissonota stenostoma)

 
       

ichneumon wasp (Lissonota tegularis)

 
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ichneumon wasp (Ophionellus spp.)

 
       

ichneumon wasp (Ophionellus texanus)

 
       

ichneumon wasp (Therion circumflexum)

 
       

ichneumon wasp (Therion fuscipenne)

 
       

ichneumon wasp (Therion morio)

 
       

ichneumon wasp (Therion nigripes)

 
       

ichneumon wasp (Therion petiolatum)

 
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ichneumon wasp (Therion spp.)

 
       

ichneumon wasp (Therion tenuipes)

 
       

ichneumon wasp (Therion texanum)

 
       

indiscriminate cuckoo bumble bee (Bombus insularis)

 
       

introduced pine sawfly (Diprion similis)

 
       

jumping oak gall wasp (Neuroterus saltatorius)

 
       

larch sawfly (Pristiphora erichsonii)

 
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larger empty oak apple wasp (Amphibolips quercusinanis)

 
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leaf-cutter bee (Megachile sp.)

 
       

leathery sweat bee (Lasioglossum coriaceum)

 
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lemon cuckoo bumble bee (Bombus citrinus)

 
       

ligated furrow bee (Halictus ligatus)

 
       

light bronze mound ant (Formica subaenescens)

 
       

little black ant (Monomorium minimum)

 
       

long-horned bee (Melissodes grindelliae)

 
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long-horned bee (Melissodes spp.)

 
       

long-horned bee (Melissodes wheeleri)

 
       

maple petiole borer (Caulocampus acericaulis)

 
       

Mary’s long-necked ant (Dolichoderus mariae)

 
       

masked bee (Hylaeus sp.)

 
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metallic bluish-green cuckoo wasp (Chrysis angolensis)

 
       

mossy rose gall wasp (Diplolepis rosae)

 
       

mottled long-necked ant (Dolichoderus plagiatus)

 
       

mountain ash sawfly (Pristiphora geniculata)

 
       

Nevada bumble bee (Bombus nevadensis)

 
       

New World mound ant (Formica neogagates)

 
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New York carpenter ant (Camponotus novaeboracensis)

 
       

nimble long-horned bee (Melissodes subagilis)

 
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nomad bee (Nomada sp.)

 
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northern amber bumble bee (Bombus borealis)

 
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northern paper wasp (Polistes fuscatus)

 
       

northern red wood ant (Formica obscuriventris)

 
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oak flake gall wasp (Neuroterus floccosus)

 
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oak gall wasp (Amphibolips cookii)

 
       

oak gall wasp (Neuroterus exiguissimus)

 
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oak rough bulletgall wasp (Disholcaspis quercusmamma)

 
       

odorous house ant (Tapinoma sessile)

 
       

orange-bellied mummy wasp (Aleiodes abdominalis)

 
       

orange-legged furrow bee (Halictus rubicundus)

 
       

pale mound ant (Formica pallidefulva)

 
       

pale-marked long-horned bee (Melissodes pallidisignatus)

 
       

parallel-striped sweat bee (Halictus parallelus)

 
       

pear sawfly (Caliroa cerasi)

 
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pelecinid wasp (Pelecinus polyturator)

 
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pigeon tremex (Tremex columba)

 
       

pitted mound ant (Formica fossaceps)

 
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podzol mound ant (Formica podzolica)

 
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potter wasp (Eumeninae)

 
       

potter wasp (Ancistrocerus adiabatus)

 
       

potter wasp (Ancistrocerus antilope)

 
       

potter wasp (Ancistrocerus catskill)

 
       

potter wasp (Ancistrocerus parietum)

 
       

potter wasp (Ancistrocerus waldenii)

 
       

potter wasp (Eumenes crucifera)

 
       

potter wasp (Euodynerus foraminatus)

 
       

potter wasp (Euodynerus leucomelas)

 
       

pugnacious leaf-cutter bee (Megachile pugnata)

 
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pure green augochlora (Augochlora pura)

 
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pyramid ant (Dorymyrmex insanus)

 
       

red-bearded mound ant (Formica neorufibarbis)

 
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red-belted bumble bee (Bombus rufocinctus)

 
       

redheaded pine sawfly (Neodiprion lecontei)

 
       

resin bee (Heriades carinata)

 
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roseslug (Endelomyia aethiops)

 
       

ruddy slave-making mound ant (Formica rubicunda)

 
       

rusty patched bumble bee (Bombus affinis)

 
       

Sanderson’s bumble bee (Bombus sandersoni)

 
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sand-loving wasp (Tachytes distinctus)

 
       

sawfly (suborder Symphyta)

 
       

scalloped cuckoo sweat bee (Sphecodes dichrous)

 
       

sculptured resin bee (Megachile sculpturalis)

 
       

short-spined ant (Myrmica brevispinosa)

 
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silky agapostemon (Agapostemon sericeus)

 
       

silky ant (Formica fusca group)

 
       

silvery field ant (Formica argentea)

 
       

small-handed leaf-cutter bee (Megachile gemula)

 
       

smaller carpenter ant (Camponotus nearcticus)

 
       

smaller yellow ant (Lasius claviger)

 
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somewhat silky mound ant (Formica subsericea)

 
       

spider wasp (Auplopus archictectus)

 
       

spider wasp (Auplopus caerulescens)

 
       

spider wasp (Auplopus mellipes variitarsatus)

 
       

spider wasp (Auplopus nigrellus)

 
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spider wasp (Caliadurgus fasciatellus)

 
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spider wasp (Pompilidae)

 
       

spiny rose gall wasp (Diplolepis bicolor)

 
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spiny rose stem gall wasp (Diplolepis spinosa)

 
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spongy oak apple gall wasp (Amphibolips confluenta)

 
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square-headed wasp (Crabroninae)

 
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sweat bee (Subfamily Halictinae)

 
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Taschenberg’s long-necked ant (Dolichoderus taschenbergi)

 
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terminal mummy wasp (Aleiodes terminalis)

 
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Texas leaf-cutter bee (Megachile texana)

 
       

thief ant (Solenopsis molesta)

 
       

thimbleberry stem gall wasp (Diastrophus kincaidii)

 
       

thistle long-horned bee (Melissodes desponsus)

 
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thread-waisted wasp (Sphecinae)

 
       

three-knotted long-horned bee (Melissodes trinodis)

 
       

tickseed long-horned bee (Melissodes coreopsis)

 
       

tiny crazy ant (Nylanderia parvula)

 
       

tiny-queened field ant (Lasius minutus)

 
       

translucent oak gall wasp (Amphibolips nubilipennis)

 
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tricolored bumble bee (Bombus ternarius)

 
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true melissodes bees (Melissodes Subgenus Eumelissodes)

 
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turfgrass ant (Lasius neoniger)

 
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two-spotted bumble bee (Bombus bimaculatus)

 
       

two-spotted longhorned bee (Melissodes bimaculata)

 
       

Ulke’s ant (Formica ulkei)

 
       

valiant long-horned bee (Melissodes illatus)

 
       

velvet ant (Dasymutilla sp.)

 
       

very smooth sweat bee (Lasioglossum laevissimum)

 
       

Viereck’s sweat bee (Lasioglossum vierecki)

 
       

vigorous long-horned bee (Melissodes subillatus)

 
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western honey bee (Apis mellifera)

 
       

western thatching ant (Formica obscuripes)

 
       

white pine sawfly (Neodiprion pinetum)

 
       

white-horned horntail (Urocerus albicornis)

 
       

white-zoned furrow bee (Lasioglossum leucozonium)

 
       

wide-faced ant (Myrmica latifrons)

 
       

wide-footed field ant (Lasius latipes)

 
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wild carrot wasp (Gasteruption assectator)

 
       

willow sawfly (Nematus ventralis)

 
       

winter ant (Prenolepis imparis)

 
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wood ant (Formica sp.)

 
       

wool-bearing gall wasp (Andricus quercuslanigera)

 
       

yellow shadow ant (Lasius aphidicola)

 
       

yellow-banded bumble bee (Bombus terricola)

 
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yellow-faced bee (Hylaeus sp.)

 
       

yellowheaded spruce sawfly (Pikonema alaskensis)

 
       

yellowjacket (Vespula sp.)

 
       

 

 

 

 

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Capitalization of Common Names

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