Hymenoptera research

Hymenoptera is one of the largest and best studied orders of insects which includes wasps, ants and bees. There are over 130,000 known species, with many more remaining to be described.

Hymenoptera research at the Museum is concerned mainly with the evolution and diversity of bees and parasitoid wasps. 

  • A bumblebee taking off
    Bumblebee research

    Find out about our bumblebee research which concentrates on identifying and conserving these important insects.

  • The parasitic wasp Encarsia elegans
    Parasitoid wasps

    We are researching the diversity of parasitoid wasps and their use in biological pest control.

  • Colletes hederae
    Bee research

    Bee-flower interactions are one of the driving forces of evolution. Find out more about our projects that study the evolution of bee species across the world.

Megascolia procer, wasp
Hymenoptera collection

The Museum's Hymenoptera collection has over 3 million pinned specimens and is still actively growing.