Katydid laying eggs

Katydid laying eggs

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Credit: DR MORLEY READ/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Katydid chewing hole in a branch and inserting eggs into the hole with its ovipositor. The ovipositor is an organ used by insects for laying of eggs. It consists of a maximum of three pairs of appendages formed to transmit the egg, to prepare a place for it, and place it properly. Tettigoniids have either sickle-shaped ovipositors which typically lay eggs in dead or living plant matter, or uniform elongate ovipositors which lay eggs in grass stems. Photographed in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

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