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; order Hymenoptera, suborder Apocrita)

Division of Hymenoptera in which the ovipositor has lost its egg-laying function and is modified as a sting. The sting has been lost in some aculeates (e.g. formicine ants) and is reduced or absent in some bees (e.g. the Andrenidae and Meliponini). Compare Parasitica.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences.

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