Many insects possess a lobe or spine between the two claws at the end of the tarsus (the final segment in the leg of the insect). This lobe or spine is called an empodium.

An illustration of the tarsus of _Asilus crabroniformis_ with the empodium labelled

An illustration of the tarsus of Asilus crabroniformis with the empodium(3) highlighted.
Illustration by Francis Walker (1851).


  1. Pulvilli
  2. Claw
  3. Empodium

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