Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

ampulla, ampullae, ampulliform

Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
No Taxon (Glossary)
No Taxon (A)
No Taxon ampulla, ampullae, ampulliform
Explanation of Names
From Latin ampulla, flask.
ampulla, plural ampullae - any membranous blister, vesicle, or similar structure on the surface of an insect.
ampulliform adjective - bottle-shaped; swollen; resembling an inflated bladder
For an example of the location and size of the greater ampulla as shown on a tachinid fly, see this illustration on the NADS website ("gr amp" in complex lower right figure).
Print References
Gordh, p. 46 (1)
Internet References
Jardine (2)
Works Cited
1.A Dictionary of Entomology
George Gordh, David H. Headrick. 2003. CABI Publishing.
2.Jardine's Dictionary of Entomology