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Wing muscles of queen ants become degenerated through the process of histolysis (the decay and dissolution of organic tissue) after they've allowed the individual to take part in the nuptial flights. The fats and proteins are broken down and carried to the abdomen in the blood. Here they are taken up by the ovaries and assist the growth of the eggs. When the greater parts of the wing-muscles have diminished, the thoracic tracheae become enlarged.

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