oviscape

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English[edit]

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

Etymology[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

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ovipositor of some species of insects, typically the non-retractile sheath that remains exposed when the ovipositor is withdrawn and not in action.[1]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]

References[edit]

  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–