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Once the plant surface is covered, insects have a really difficult time inserting either their mouthparts or ovipositors into the plants to do damage.
Stingers evolved from ovipositors, the tubes through which eggs are laid, which are, of course, found only in females.
Stinger and ovipositors are now separate in all insects except parasitic wasps, which often inject their eggs into a host with just a splash of paralyzing venom.
When the styles are too short, the moths can damage the flowers with their ovipositor.
In turn, the moth lays her eggs with its thin, blade-like ovipositor on the flowers’ seeds.
Research already demonstrates that the differences in ovipositor length and body size in the yucca moths’ genomes are more pronounced, suggesting that natural selection has driven the discrepancy.
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