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The order Hymenoptera includes many species of social insect, where different ‘castes’ such as soldiers and workers fulfil different roles within a colony. However, there are also many solitary species. Insects from this group are commonly feared due to their painful bites and stings, but many species do not pose a threat to people. Often what may appear to be a large sting is actually an "ovipositor" or egg-laying device, as seen in many wasps and sawflies.