The structure and possible function of the ovipositor in some homolobine wasps (Hymenoptera: Braconidae)
C. Andy Boring, Andy.Boring@uky.edu, University of Kentucky, Departement of Entomology, S-225 Ag. Sci. Center North, Lexington, KY
Some members of the braconid subfamily Homolobinae have modified ovipositors for parasitizing Lepidoptera hosts. These morphological features are described and potential explanations of their functions are proposed. This may provide a novel insight into how koinobiont endoparasitoid braconids oviposit within exposed Lepidoptera.