The structure and possible mode of functioning of the female reproductive system in Nasonia vitripennis (Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae)



Associated with the female insect reproductive system are a number of glands. Those present in Nasonia vitripennis are described, their microanatomy examined and where possible this is linked with their function during the process of drilling into the host puparium, feeding on the host fluids and oviposition. The structures dealt with are the ovaries, spermatheca, alkaline gland, colleterial gland and the acid gland with reservoir.