adoption gland

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An abdominal gland possessed by larvae of the rove beetle (Staphylinidae) Atemeles pubicollis that releases an attractant pheromone which stimulates brood-keeping behaviour in Formica polyctena ants. The adult beetle lays its eggs in the nest of the ants; when the larvae hatch the pheromone induces the ants to raise them as though they were their own.

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