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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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oleae are its relatively long ovipositor and the fact that it usually oviposits into eggs.
Toxotrypana curvicauda females were found to oviposit in both papaya and cuaguayote in the laboratory; however, laboratory adults reared from cuaguayote were smaller, lighter, and produced fewer eggs than wild adults reared from papaya (Jimenez-Perez & Villa-Ayala 2009).
albina exhibits kleptoparasitic behaviour and oviposits preferentially in partially buried dung balls of a single species out of a selection of possible local hosts.
castoris parasitize the host, and the life cycle is unique in that it is completed in its entirety upon the host, save for three brief periods (Wood 1965): gravid females briefly abandon their hosts to oviposit on debris within beaver lodges or burrows where their eggs hatch after ~32 days; emergent larvae subsequently migrate to an available host and undergo three instar stages of development, with mature third-instars leaving the host to pupate in elevated soil of lodges and burrows, and adults emerging after 11-22 days, depending on ambient temperature.
For example, Aedes albopictus (Skuse) females exhibited a strong preference to oviposit in artificial containers such as tires.
In nursery containers, adult weevils will feed and oviposit (lay eggs) on a large number of ornamental species, and larvae may feed on the roots of these plants, hidden in container soil.
aegypti prefers a habitat where they can oviposit, rest, and bite humans but not sugar-feed (Harrington, Edman, & Scott, 2001).
To determine vertical transmission, mosquitoes were fed on viraemic mice and fully engorged mosquitoes were separated and allowed to oviposit after a period of 10 days.
Many others captured in mid-June probably had oviducal eggs, but were held to oviposit in captivity.
females oviposit in twigs in the forest canopy, and newly hatched nymphs fall to the ground, where they spend 17 years feeding on tree roots.
obscurus mate relatively quickly, oviposit, and then move to more upland habitats to feed, and that males remain near the stream to look for more mates.
Aiken and Wilkinson [13] found that, in Alberta, adults of Dytiscus alaskanus overwinter to oviposit in mid- to late April with first instar larvae appearing in mid- to late May and third instar larvae observed in August.