Flexible ovipositor sheaths in parasitoid Hymenoptera (Insecta).

@article{Vilhelmsen2003FlexibleOS,
  title={Flexible ovipositor sheaths in parasitoid Hymenoptera (Insecta).},
  author={Lars B Vilhelmsen},
  journal={Arthropod structure & development},
  year={2003},
  volume={32 2-3},
  pages={277-87}
}
The structure of the ovipositor sheaths is examined in a number of parasitic wasps as well as a few non-parasitic taxa. Parasitic wasps in the families Aulacidae, Braconidae, Ichneumonidae, Megalyridae, and Stephanidae with a very elongate, external ovipositor have the lateral wall of the sheath finely transversely subdivided by narrow furrows. This makes the sheath highly flexible, allowing it to support the ovipositor proper during ovipositing. The taxa having such a flexible sheath all drill… CONTINUE READING

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