Certain female termites decide they don’t need no stinkin’ males to reproduce
There are obviously lots and lots of species in the animal kingdom that require both a male and female for reproduction, but not all of them. Asexual reproduction is a well-documented natural phenomenon by which creatures can produce offspring without needing a partner. Now, a new species has been added to the list of creatures capable of the feat.
For a long time, scientists have known that termite colonies reproduce when a male gives the queen sperm, which results in fertilized eggs that hatch and become baby termites. Surprisingly, researchers in Japan have now documented that some colonies of termites are able to continue building their numbers without a single male being present.
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