Cape honey bees in South Africa reproduce without sex, and males are even capable of producing female larvas that become queens.
Going forward, the power to control the ability of an animal species to reproduce without sex could have major implications in many fields.
The Cape honey bees of South Africa have long since taken matters into their own hands by reverting to asexual reproduction.
The male bees, which Professor Oldroyd says are “mostly useless,” can produce female offspring, meaning queens.
“If we could control a switch that allows animals to reproduce asexually, that would have important applications in agriculture, biotechnology, and many other fields,” Professor Oldroyd said.

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