Friday, April 17, 2009

Females get along just fine without males ... in the ant world!

A type of tropical ant has dispensed with males altogether, according to scientists, and only the female of the species exists.

Experts have discovered a South American species that is exclusively female and reproduces asexually by cloning the queen.

Reproduction without sex is fairly common in the ant world, but the Mycocepurus smithii is the first known to be a male-free species. The phenomenon takes the stress out of finding a mate and may help keep the peace in colonies, the scientists believe. More...

See also:

  1. A look at an ant city-state! Amazing...
  2. Even in the ant world, non-conformists are punished by the State!!!
  3. A story about ants. Fascinating!

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