Ovipositor steering mechanisms in parasitic wasps of the families Gasteruptiidae and Aulacidae (Hymenoptera)

@article{Quicke1995OvipositorSM,
  title={Ovipositor steering mechanisms in parasitic wasps of the families Gasteruptiidae and Aulacidae (Hymenoptera)},
  author={Donald L. J. Quicke and Mike G. Fitton},
  journal={Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B: Biological Sciences},
  year={1995},
  volume={261},
  pages={103 - 99}
}
  • D. QuickeM. Fitton
  • Published 22 July 1995
  • Biology
  • Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B: Biological Sciences
Similar but distinct ovipositor steering mechanisms in members of the parasitic wasp families Gasteruptiidae and Aulacidae are described. In both of these there are abrupt stops near the apex of each of the upper and lower ovipositor valves. These stops, which are closely apposed when the ovipositor is at rest, prevent the lower valves from being extended posteriorly relative to the upper valve. Attempts to extend the lower valves posteriorly force the ovipositor to bend dorsally. This ability… 

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