; 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.