Wax gland size according to worker age in Friesella schrottkyi

  title={Wax gland size according to worker age in Friesella schrottkyi},
  author={C{\'i}ntia Eleonora Lopes Justino and Fernando B Noll and Sidnei Mateus and Johan Billen},
Wax production is one of the stingless bee activities that is related with nest building. We studied wax gland size in workers of the stingless bee Friesella schrottkyi at nine different ages: 0, 4, 5, 8, 10, 13, 14, 15, and 20 days. In the large majority of workers, we observed a conspicuous epithelium in abdominal tergites III, IV, and V. Our results clearly show a link between worker age and wax production in F. schrottkyi. The epithelial thickness reaches its maximum after 13 days, followed… 
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