Having undergone a BBC news feed relapse, I discover some South American ants who live in “a world without sex.” But the BBC exaggerates for comic effect, because of course the ants do not live in a world without sex. They live in a colony without males.
The article claims that these ants are the only species in the known universe to “reproduce entirely without sex.” This is also a comic exaggeration. The globe is rife with asexual species. But they don’t get a lot of press, since, unlike chimpanzees, the structure of asexual animal societies is not as easily interpreted by humans to reinforce patriarchal mores.
One parthenogenic species of lizard gets the nod, though, because although they are all female, they reassuringly have “fake sex” at egg-layin’ time. But I digress.
As a spinster aunt, I am one of the world’s preeminent comical antologists, but even to a layperson there can be no mystery as to why insects that are “physically incapable of mating” because “an essential part” of their bidness has “degenerated” are considered female.