Acrobat ants on a leaf

    Ants

    More than 700 species in North America
    Longhorn bee visiting a flower, viewed from side

    Apid Bees

    About 1,000 species in North America north of Mexico
    Female spider wasp grasping and dragging body of sac spider
    image of Bee Fly on leaf

    Bee Flies

    About 800 species in North America
    Blue-winged scoliid wasp taking nectar on English ivy flowers

    Blue-Winged Wasp

    Scolia dubia
    photo of bumblebee on a wild rose flower

    Bumble Bees

    Bombus spp.
    Photo of a female scorpionfly perched on a leaf.
    image of Cicada Killer on Goldenrod

    Eastern Cicada Killer

    Sphecius speciosus
    Long-legged wasp grasping a wolf spider while clinging to house siding

    Entypus Spider Wasps

    Entypus aratus, E. unifasciatus, E. fulvicornis, and others
    Photo of male and female European wood wasps on pine stump

    European Wood Wasp (Sirex Woodwasp)

    Sirex noctilio
    invasive icon

    Invasive

    image of a Flower Fly on a flower

    Flower Flies (Syrphids)

    Nearly 900 species in North America
    A metallic green sweat bee gathering pollen on a yellow flowerhead

    Halictid Bees (Sweat Bees)

    More than 500 species in North America north of Mexico
    Honeybee worker on flower

    Honeybee

    Apis mellifera
    Photo of a Pigeon Tremex Horntail

    Horntails

    About 28 species in North America
    image of an Ichneumon Wasp on tree trunk

    Ichneumon Wasps

    More than 5,000 species in North America
    image of Black-and-Yellow Mud Dauber

    Mud Daubers

    Three genera: Sceliphron, Trypoxylon, and Chalybion
    image of a Mydas Fly

    Mydas Flies

    About 80 species in North America
    image of Paper Wasp on flowers

    Paper Wasps

    Polistes spp.
    Black and rust-colored wasp on a plant

    Poecilopompilus Spider Wasps

    Poecilopompilus algidus and P. interruptus
    image of Robber Fly

    Robber Flies

    More than 1,000 species in North America
    image of Sand Wasp perched on sand

    Sand Wasps

    More than 1,200 species in North America north of Mexico
    Blue-winged wasp viewed from above, showing wrinkled surface of wings

    Scoliid Wasps

    About 20 species in North America north of Mexico
    Glossy black spider wasp manipulating paralyzed spider

    Spider Wasps

    About 300 species in North America north of Mexico
    Several termite workers and a soldier in a gallery in wood

    Termites

    About 50 species in North America north of Mexico
    Image of a red velvet ant

    Velvet Ants

    Nearly 500 species in North America north of Mexico
    Virginia flower fly resting on a concrete surface

    Yellowjacket Hover Fly

    Milesia virginiensis

See Also

Photo of a Yellow-Collared Scape Moth

Yellow-Collared Scape Moth

Cisseps fulvicollis
image of Plume Moth on blade of grass

Plume Moths

Nearly 150 species in North America north of Mexico