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Rare Bee is Half Male, Half Female (Split Down the Middle)

gynandromorphy bee
Image: © Photo by Chelsey Ritner

In an un-bee-lievable discovery, scientists identified a bee that’s male on its left side and female on its right side. The rare condition is known as gynandromorphy.

Researchers found the bee inside a nest collected in Panama, in a forest on Barro Colorado Island, describing it in a study published on Feb. 27 in the Journal of Hymenoptera Research. When the nest was collected, the bee was a larva enclosed in a brood cell, a chamber in the honeycomb where young bees grow, and the scientists noticed that it was a gynandromorph when it emerged as an adult.

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