Data from: Stiffness gradients facilitate ovipositor bending and spatial probing control in a parasitic wasp

Uroš Cerkvenik, Johan L. Van Leeuwen, Alexander Kovalev, Stanislav N. Gorb, Yoko Matsumura & Sander W. S. Gussekloo
Many parasitic wasps use slender and steerable ovipositors to lay eggs in hosts hidden in substrates, but it is currently unknown how steering is achieved. The ovipositors generally consist of three longitudinally connected elements, one dorsal and two ventral valves that can slide along each other. For the parasitic wasp Diachasmimorpha longicaudata, it has been shown that protraction of the ventral valves causes incurving of the ventral valves towards the dorsal one, which results in...
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