bubble respiration

bubble respiration

respiration by means of a bubble attached to the rear end of an insect, e.g. a water beetle, which enables the insect to stay below water until the oxygen is used up, when the insect surfaces and takes on a new bubble.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005