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Hi there, have I used the correctly as to refer a whole species?

- Like the ant, the bee lives in a group. Its nest is called a hive that is made of wax.

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I prefer the plural.

- Like ants, bees live in social groups. Their nest, which is made of wax in a hollow tree, is called a hive.

Like ants, bees are social insects.

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Yes you can use article "The" to refer to a whole species.

The rule says that "Definite article 'The' is used when a singular noun expresses a class of animal or things. But 'The' is avoided with their plural forms and persons to express a class."

Thus, The ant and the bee represents whole species of ant and bee.

some other examples are

The dog is a faithful animal. ( Means all dogs are faithful)

The dogs are faithful animal. (It's wrong, because "The" is not used before plural forms to represent a class)

Dogs are faithful (correct sentence)

The son should be obedient. (this sentence is also wrong as the is not used before persons to express their class)

Here, indefinite article "A" can be used to represent class son in sense of any. while "The son" is also correct when son is specific and known to the speaker.

I hope it has cleared you doubt.

Shubham SoniThus, The ant and the bee represents whole species of ant and bee.

I would not use the definite article. The reason I use the plural form is that there is not one single species of ant, but more than 20,000. And there are over 16,000 species of bees.

So if you look at Wikipedia, it uses the plural form.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant

 Ants are eusocial insects of the family Formicidae and, along with the related wasps and bees, belong to the order Hymenoptera. Ants appear in the fossil record across the globe in considerable diversity during the latest Early Cretaceous and early Late Cretaceous, suggesting an earlier origin. Ants evolved from vespoid wasp ancestors in the Cretaceous period, and diversified after the rise of flowering plants. More than 12,500 of an estimated total of 22,000 species have been classified. They are easily identified by their elbowed antennae and the distinctive node-like structure that forms their slender waists.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bee

In the case of bees, Wikipedia uses the definite article when referring to an individual species by its common name and the plural form elsewhere.

 Bees are flying insects closely related to wasps and ants, known for their role in pollination and, in the case of the best-known bee species, the western honey bee, for producing honey and beeswax.  Bees are a monophyletic lineage within the superfamily Apoidea. They are presently considered a clade, called Anthophila. There are over 16,000 known species of bees in seven recognized biological families.  They are found on every continent except for Antarctica, in every habitat on the planet that contains insect-pollinated flowering plants.

dogs have differenct species as well but still we say the dog is a faithful animal and as for the plural forms we do not use article The before them unless we are talking about something in perticular. In this case, I think, we are not talking about a perticular species and we are comparing two species. Thus, one can use "The ant" as to say that all the ants regardless of species as we are comparing ant and bee and not one ant species with another ant species.

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Shubham Sonidogs have differenct species as well

Incorrect. The domestic dog is one species. There are lots of dog breeds, but members of these different breeds still can interbreed. That is why there are so many mongrels. Being able to interbreed and produce fertile offspring is the definition of a species.

Read the Wiki article on Dog, and compare with the articles of bee and ant.

.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog

The dog (Canis familiaris when considered a distinct species or Canis lupus familiaris when considered a subspecies of the wolf) is a member of the genus Canis...

I also suggest that you check your spelling and grammar as well as the validity of your information before posting, especially when you are giving advice to teachers and native speakers. The use of articles is very tricky and one of the most difficult aspects of English for learners to master.

I have highlighted the mistakes in your post. Please post in your best English. The last sentence is very poor English and difficult to understand.

dogs have differenct species as well but still we say the dog is a faithful animal and as for the plural forms we do not use article The before them unless we are talking about something in perticular. In this case, I think, we are not talking about a perticular species and we are comparing two species. Thus, one can use "The ant" as to say that all the ants regardless of species as we are comparing ant and bee and not one ant species with another ant species.

I thought we were discussing English grammar. But after looking at your answers, I believe you are more qualified in Taxonomy and less in English grammar. Whatever I wrote in the above comment is from an English grammar book. As for the mistakes I made in my last comment some of them were mistakes, some of them were typing errors, but still If I knew all of the English grammar Don't you think I wouldn't be here wasting my time arguing with you.

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For your knowledge Wikipedia.com is no professional content website. Random people write about random things there and nobody checks the content, let alone the grammar mistakes in the content. One needs no authority to alter any article on this website. You can try it yourself. So, as a professional web developer, I advise you against your use of Wikipedia as a reference site.

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