June 30, 2005
Battle of the (Ant) Sexes

New Scientist is carrying this story about a bizarre discovery in the ant world:

The ant Wasmannia auropunctata, which is native to Central and South America but has spread into the US and beyond, has opted for a unique stand-off in the battle of the sexes. Both queens and males reproduce by making genetically identical copies of themselves - so males and females seem to have entirely separate gene pools.

Darned clever, those bugs.

Posted by scott at June 30, 2005 01:02 PM

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