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Here you will find some common terms used within the hobby which can be confusing if youve never seen them before. The nature of the study of insects means that latin terms are used frequently especially when describing anatomy or insect life processes. Its worth understanding a few of the terms to help better understand thier care and be successful in rearing and breeding some of the more unusual species.

Please find alongside my brief description of how each term might be used within the hobby, a reference photo, the dictionary definition and a link to wikipedia for further reading.

Invert Keeping Glossary

 

"A tubular organ through which a female insect or fish deposits eggs"

Ovipositor

Not all species demonstrate a visible ovipositor but in species which do it is a clear inditication of sex and can be an indication of how ova will be laid. Females will be the only ones to demonstrate an ovipositor as this is used for egg laying.

"A protein capsule containing a mass of spermatozoa, transferred during mating in various insects, arthropods, cephalopod molluscs, etc"

Spermatophore

A spermatophore with reference to insects is a clear crystal like bobble which you will either find attached to the females abdomen or on the floor of the enclosure and is the result of a successful pairing of male and female. All things being well fertile ova will follow.

"The egg case of cockroaches, mantises, and related insects"

Othecae

Some species lay multiple ova underground in a foam case to protect them and ensure they stay stable and upright in the ground. These foam capsules can contain just a few or many ova and are referred to as "Oothecae".

"The egg case of cockroaches, mantises, and related insects"

Othecae

Some species lay multiple ova underground in a foam case to protect them and ensure they stay stable and upright in the ground. These foam capsules can contain just a few or many ova and are referred to as "Oothecae".

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