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- noun The depositing of eggs, esp. by insects.
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No snipe today (alas) but lots of damselflies mating and ovipositing, some hatchling fish, and some (always too fast to ID) grassland sparrows.
MORRIS: In Dr. Brooks 'paper he spoke of some of the twig girdlers in the beetle stage which feed upon the bark of twigs before ovipositing, and he said that gives a weak point where we may attack them.
In ovipositing the suspensors would leave the oviparous duct last.
Occasionally adults were hidden among the spines of the burs and were inadvertently enclosed in the bags; therefore, all nuts in bags containing female adults that might have continued ovipositing were discarded.
Doubtless, too, there are many skittish Geometrae or slender-bodied moths, and Pyrales, or Pearls, which are easily frightened, the females of which will rush from their places of concealment even before they are prepared to start on the mission of ovipositing.
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Some of you may, perhaps, have watched this progress of ovipositing, as I have done, and noticed how the female moth will hover in a peculiar way over different plants, but does not alight until she comes to a plant near akin to the one she is seeking.
ICHNEUMON, method of ovipositing in the bodies of caterpillars used by, 104.
One day another turkey, seized with a desire of ovipositing, spied this nest and laid an egg therein.
The Hyphantria textor now lays its smooth, spherical eggs in broad patches on the under side of the leaves of the apple, which the caterpillar will ravage in August; and its ally, the Halesidota caryæ, we have found ovipositing the last week in the month on the leaves of the butternut.
(Fig. 244) we have seen ovipositing in the early spring, in the eggs of the Canker-worm.