Fungus-gardening Ant Species Has Given Up Sex Completely

Jan 13, 2010 | Posted by: Dark_Island | Full story: engineering.curiouscatblog.net

The complete asexuality of a widespread fungus-gardening ant, the only ant species in the world known to have dispensed with males entirely, has been confirmed by a team of Texas and Brazilian researchers.

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Torula

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Yeast infections may be serving a higher purpose..

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Jan 13, 2010
 
So this is a lesbian ant colony. I guess the Fundies were wrong about needing one man and one woman.

“And boom goes the dynamite”

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So the ants wear flannel and have mullets?

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Jan 13, 2010
 
Those ant colonies have no cougars.

I guess that is stating the obvious.
podunk

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Jan 13, 2010
 
The soybean aphid is another example, they are all females and are born pregnant,..that is one reason they multiply so fast,..the Japanese lady bug prey on them. and are very benefitual to us soybean producers...without the lady bugs, we would have to spray the crop a lot,..
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NO SEX...they must be married.
podunk

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Jan 13, 2010
 
Tom Tom wrote:
NO SEX...they must be married.
How true>>>

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But now I take antidepressants

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Jan 13, 2010
 
(Note to self-do not allow Mrs Billy to start a fungus garden)

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Jan 13, 2010
 
corrective_unconscious wrote:
Those ant colonies have no cougars.
I guess that is stating the obvious.
I thought cougars were the female tops or sugar mamas. So there would be no cubs.

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Jan 13, 2010
 
podunk wrote:
The soybean aphid is another example, they are all females and are born pregnant,..that is one reason they multiply so fast,..the Japanese lady bug prey on them. and are very benefitual to us soybean producers...without the lady bugs, we would have to spray the crop a lot,..
I thought that was Tribbles

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Jan 13, 2010
 
Quinteshia wrote:
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I thought cougars were the female tops or sugar mamas. So there would be no cubs.
I was thinking in the absence of males there could be no cougars, but since its an ant colony there would be no cubs or cougars....

However, your take is probably correct, logically speaking.(Oh my, that was painful for me. ;> )

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corrective_unconscious wrote:
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I was thinking in the absence of males there could be no cougars, but since its an ant colony there would be no cubs or cougars....
However, your take is probably correct, logically speaking.(Oh my, that was painful for me. ;> )
LOL!
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hey, who needs sex when you have an unlimited supply of mushrooms to eat....
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Jan 14, 2010
 
More for the rest of us.
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Yobyag wrote:
So this is a lesbian ant colony. I guess the Fundies were wrong about needing one man and one woman.
maybe i was wrong about same-sex marriage. encourage gays to get married, and let them try to procreate. they'll be gone in a generation or two. just don't let them adopt...

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Heywood Jablomy wrote:
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maybe i was wrong about same-sex marriage. encourage gays to get married, and let them try to procreate. they'll be gone in a generation or two. just don't let them adopt...
I had a witty reply prepared but I will simply go with one word.

Jackass.

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Jan 14, 2010
 
If you had 4.1 billion people hitting on you, would you even dare to try to think about starting a trusting relationship, ever?

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Heywood Jablomy wrote:
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maybe i was wrong about same-sex marriage. encourage gays to get married, and let them try to procreate. they'll be gone in a generation or two. just don't let them adopt...
You raise an interesting question. We know most gay people must come from heterosexually breeding parents, increasingly without any family homophobia, and we know same sex couples have and are raising str8 kids with no problem, but where do sexually disordered closet cases come from? We should move to cut off that particular spigot.

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corrective_unconscious wrote:
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You raise an interesting question. We know most gay people must come from heterosexually breeding parents, increasingly without any family homophobia, and we know same sex couples have and are raising str8 kids with no problem, but where do sexually disordered closet cases come from? We should move to cut off that particular spigot.
Republicans.

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Jan 15, 2010
 
They got to be having some kind of sex with all the funguys around.

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