I Don't Want No Scrubs
Friday, April 24, 2009 | Author: eventer79
And if you get that reference, gold star for late-90's music literacy!

Friday Fun Fact!

There is a species of Central/South American leaf-cutter ants (Mycocepurus smithii) in which there are NO male ants (girl power, yeah!). These amazons only reproduce when the queen clones herself. No males have ever been found, but even if they were, the ants could not mate because their "no-no parts" have literally evolved away to nothing.

The colonies live in a symbiotic (translation from bio-geek: both parties benefit) relationship with a particular fungus: the ants clean and feed the fungus, the fungus in return feeds the ants' babies.

I am reminded of a quote from Nicole Hollander:
Can you imagine a world without men? No crime and lots of happy fat women.

Go ahead, my dear lady ants, eat all the chocolate cake you want!
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2 comments:

On April 24, 2009 at 1:49 PM , Belgian-Mom said...

Very interesting indeed. Bring on the chocolate cake.

 
On April 25, 2009 at 7:54 PM , lifeshighway said...

The world would be a better place with fewer no-no parts.