, Volume 89, Issue 3, pp 125–127 | Cite as

A secondary copulatory structure in a female insect: a clasp for a nuptial meal?

  • Darryl T. Gwynne
Short Communication


Secondary copulatory structures are well-known in male dragonflies and spiders. Here I report a secondary copulatory organ in female ground weta, Hemiandrus pallitarsis (Ensifera, Orthoptera – crickets and allies). The organ, located on the underside of the abdomen, appears to secure the male's genitalia during the transfer of a spermatophylax nuptial meal to this location, an area quite separate from the female's primary copulatory structures, where the sperm ampulla is attached.


Abdominal Segment Copulatory Organ Hind Tibia Nuptial Gift Copulatory Structure 
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© Springer-Verlag 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Darryl T. Gwynne
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  1. 1.Department of Zoology, University of Toronto at Mississauga, Mississauga, Ontario, L5L 1C6, CanadaCanada

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