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To lay eggs; applied especially to insects.
[ovi- + L. pono, pp. positus, to place]


intr.v. ovipos·ited, ovipos·iting, ovipos·its
To lay eggs, especially by means of an ovipositor.

o′vi·po·si′tion (-pə-zĭsh′ən) n.
o′vi·po·si′tion·al adj.
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solstitialis with a tendency to oviposit into smaller larvae in C.
All of these oviposit in mantle tissue of their molluscan hosts.
albopictus prefers to oviposit in containers of a considerably larger size than S.
Why do some female pythons lay their eggs in varanid burrows and then leave them, whereas others oviposit among paperbark roots and remain with the clutch throughout incubation?
Optimal oocyte size declines as host availability, and thus lifetime opportunities to oviposit, increase [ILLUSTRATION FOR FIGURE 2A, B OMITTED].
The oviposition patterns exhibited by Ohio and Georgia females seem to reflect this same general willingness to oviposit on L.
Females of the bisexual generation emerge from bud galls in late mid-April to early June, mate, then oviposit on newly flushed leaves.
First is the number of female oviposition events in which a male spawned (females nearly always oviposit once per nest).
saccharina females are sterile, so that irradiated females that are released into sugarcane do not oviposit fertile eggs.
In some species, two or more females or mated pairs may oviposit in close proximity at the same site (Jacobs, 1955; Bick and Bick, 1965; Sawchyn and Gillott, 1974; Waage, 1987; Martens and Rehfeldt, 1989; Rehfeldt, 1991; Moss, 1992).
The host-size model predicts that in solitary species of parasitoid wasps, in which one wasp develops per host, selection will favor females that oviposit a greater proportion of daughters in large hosts than in small hosts.