Definition - What does Ovipositor mean?

Ovipositor is the egg laying organ in female insects. It involves the process of insects laying their eggs on a plant or soil surface that is safe and most likely to allow their offspring to survive. This helps with pollination, a process that insects contribute greatly towards and leads to enhanced plant growth. This is a result of the process in which insects try to increase the survival of their offsprings.

MaximumYield explains Ovipositor

Unlike other forms of pollination, ovipositor-based pollination is believed to be less wasteful of plant reproductive cells or gametes. This is because gametes are not eaten in the ovipositor insect. In fact, insects that are likely to lay eggs on plants and visit conspecific flowers. Bees are an example of ovipositors.

To maximize the ovipositing process, ovipositor insects lay their eggs across various parts of the plant. During this process, these insects help with pollinating various parts of the plants. Ovipositors are a great addition to the ecosystem and contribute toward increasing plant yields in an eco-friendly manner.

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