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Word of the Week: Ovipositor
August 16, 2018 by Sammy Tangir

Welcome to Word of the Week! Stay tuned for a new word each Wednesday to amp up your nature vocabulary!

Have you ever seen this giant wasp? This is the Ichneumon wasp who has an especially long Ovipositor. These wasps detect the larva of caterpillars or wood-boring grubs living in decaying wood, and use their Ovipositor to inject their eggs through the wood, and into another insects body, where they will eventually hatch and eat the insect from the inside out!

Ovipositor [ovi-pos-i-tor] (noun): 

An Ovipositor is a sharp, needle-like structure found near a female insects abdomen that is used to deposit eggs! 

(The stinger evolved from the ovipositor, with a similar structure, but attached to poison glands!)

Sammy Tangir - Sammy is a serious nature nerd and especially enthusiastic about plants! When she is not thinking of next week's nature word, she is working as an outdoor educator and practicing her wood carving skills.

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