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Ovipositor


Female ichneumon wasp laying eggs with her Ovipositor
Female ichneumon wasp laying eggs with her Ovipositor


An Ovipositor is an organ at the end of the abdomen of female insects and it is used for laying eggs.

They are often tubular or blade-like in shape, so that the eggs can be inserted into the ground, plants or other animals.

In some insects the ovipositor is modified to form a sting.

The image on the right shows a female from the genus Megarhyssa, which contains large species of ichneumon wasps. Some of these species are known for having the longest ovipositors of any insect.

Associated Terms: Ovipositors

 


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