Dufour's gland

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Dufour's gland: (Arthropoda: Insecta) In Hymenoptera, an abdominal gland of the sting apparatus that supposedly secrets a liquid which when applied to cell walls, forms a thin, cellophane-like, transparent, or waxy lining which may function as a chemical cue for nesting, maintaining humidity control, a defense against microbial infection and/or food source.