Mechanisms of ovipositor insertion and steering of a parasitic wasp.


Drilling into solid substrates with slender beam-like structures is a mechanical challenge, but is regularly done by female parasitic wasps. The wasp inserts her ovipositor into solid substrates to deposit eggs in hosts, and even seems capable of steering the ovipositor while drilling. The ovipositor generally consists of three longitudinally connected… (More)
DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1706162114


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