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- n. Plural form of tergite.
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However, the original research found that various "developmental defects" occurred in fruit flies where Hsp90 was knocked out, including deformed eyes, deformed legs, malformed tergites, and various other abnormalities that would never lead to viable variation in the wild.
The tergites prevent air from entering the spiracle and the hornet chokes.
To prove that this was what the bees were doing, he inserted plastic blocks under the tergites of some hornets (right), so they couldn't properly cover the spiracles.