Gongylidia are fed to the developing larvae and distributed throughout the colony to feed workers, soldiers, and the queen. They are ellipsoid, about 30-50 micrometres in diameter and rich in lipids and carbohydrates derived from the leaves and are produced in clusters (called staphylae).
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