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Female of a fruit fly species, showing the unusually large oviscape protruding from the end of the abdomen


From Latin ovum (egg) plus scāpus (stem or shaft), from Ancient Greek (Doric) σκᾶπος (skâpos).


oviscape (plural oviscapes)

  1. (entomology) The basal part of the ovipositor of some species of insects, typically the non-retractile sheath that remains exposed when the ovipositor is withdrawn and not in action.[1]
  2. (entomology) The oviscapte or ovipositor.[2]


  1. ^ Pjotr Oosterbroek (1998) The Families of Diptera of the Malay Archipelago[1], BRILL, →ISBN, pages 121–
  2. ^ Gordh, G and Headrick, D (2011) A Dictionary of Entomology[2], CABI, →ISBN, pages 991–