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About the picture: This also goes for bees and wasps, but ants were my animal of choise for this picture.
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:iconthekrystalcat:
TheKrystalCat Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh god XD
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:iconthenewblu:
TheNewBlu Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Student Artisan Crafter
That's pretty interesting. Poor little guy. At least he'll be a father.
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:iconjinntachi:
JinnTachi Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well that's kind of sad and cute at the same time. Poor little ant has no daddy.
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:iconicykixz260:
IcyKixz260 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
...I never knew that.
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:iconthemlt:
TheMLT Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Wow so bug life had it backwards. 
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xxnillyxx Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
aw, poor baby :)
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sorinlordofinnistrad Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014
there are some wasps and ants it doesnt apply to some ant species are queenless
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:iconbluerosekelly:
BlueRoseKelly Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
Is this true for all or most ant species?
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:iconlordkorv:
lordkorv Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
that would mean that the male ant is a clone of its mother?
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:iconzolnier:
Zolnier Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
Oddly enough this means that while a drone (male) ant can't have a dad it can have a granddad. 
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:iconspiderwebwisher:
SpiderwebWisher Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
C'mon, this was bad enough in Athens, Ancient Greece millions of years ago already *male dominated reference!*
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:iconknightrix:
KnighTriX Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
"Ant-Luke, I am your mother/father"
*Ant-Darkvader is wearing an apron*
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:iconcgk80591:
cGk80591 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
huh! very interesting 
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:iconperegrinestar:
Peregrinestar Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Bees do that too. ;)
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:iconcrocky-wock:
Crocky-Wock Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
That is so weird... I never knew!
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:iconbobettebelle:
BobetteBelle Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013
Wow, I actually have learned more from your animal pictures than I have ever learned at school! lol xD
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:iconhaji-lover:
Haji-lover Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I feel bad for male ants now.
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:iconlittleblackdragon:
LittleBlackDragon Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Reminds me of Salarians from Mass Effect. I think if ferterilized/unfertilized determines gender there.
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:iconsuperflandrebros:
SuperFlandreBros Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Obviously the developers were doing some research with this booklet. ;) (Lol, maybe they were! :O_o: )  
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:iconlittleblackdragon:
LittleBlackDragon Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Wouldn't surprise me, actually. :D
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:iconsuperflandrebros:
SuperFlandreBros Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love Mass Effect so much! And this booklet, too. Who's your favourite character?
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:iconlittleblackdragon:
LittleBlackDragon Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Probably a tie between Joker, Garrus, Tali, and Mordin. :)
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:iconmizupics:
MizuPics Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
If I'm not careful, I'm gonna end up faving ALL your stuff! :)
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:iconakiameko:
AkiAmeko Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Mind = blown.
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:iconchessykat01:
ChessyKat01 Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
This defies everything I ever learned about nature!
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nakita7777 Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
;3; sad
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:iconqeeeeep:
Qeeeeep Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I don't get it won't the group of males be the fathers of the ants
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I-am-the-Zombie Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
It's called haplodiploidy. Humans are diploid (need two chromosomes, usually X and Y), some species are haploid (only need one, and it gets weird from there) while ants/bees/wasps are haplodiploid (number, not type, determines sex).

So a queen lays two eggs: One egg is unfertilized and only has X, one is fertilized and therefore is XX. The X is male, because it is haploid. The XX is female, because it is diploid.

All this has the bizarre side effect that ant sisters are more closely related to each other than to their mother (assuming they have the same father- in fact, the number of males the queen mates with will affect how tolerant non-queens are of their fellow workers becoming fertile!)
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Venombahamut Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
No. Only unfertilized eggs develop into males. So, if an ant is male, that means it's egg never came into contact with sperm.
One mommy, no daddy.
Bees work like that too.
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Qeeeeep Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
forever alone.... sperm
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LapizSolarflare Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh wow o.o
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26qq308 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
...That's very depressing.
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TheAwesomeHetalian Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
interesting...
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Satori-dono Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
I didn't know o_O poor baby ant boy :(
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darkdoomer Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
damn, nature. you scary.
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:iconameute:
Ameute Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
WTF? Ants you have confused me.
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EagerSheep Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
I really love your Animal pictures. I'm studying biology and i enjoy it a lot
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Freudian-Beat Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoa, that one hurt my brain.
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:iconcryptidlover17:
CryptidLover17 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
This must make father-son moments a bit awkward
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Yunaleska1 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow that's reallly interesting. I had no idea!
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WakingUpUnderwater Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
its an ant!!!
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:iconwarahi:
warahi Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
So it's some warped version of cloning then.
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:icontechnoshadowblood:
TechnoShadowBlood Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My mind is literally blown right now.
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:iconz-senpai:
Z-Senpai Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Student General Artist
Mitt efternamn är Myra... *is feeling spechul*
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lone-wolf1991 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
poor boys no dad's to look up to
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katygrace Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist
dafuq

i need to look this up
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Anarchy32696 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
hahaha I love how the little boy looks so clueless xD
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IndigoVelvet Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, I didn't know that was biologically possible. I was just telling my mother about your variety of knowledge, and I came across this. I told my mom, "uh oh. I think Humon might have been lax about her research this time." But then I looked it up, and you were right! Damn, you are GOOD! :)
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Theaitetos Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
In other words, ant queens are sluts storing the sperm of many different guys inside them. :D
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:iconjayragepeace:
jayragepeace Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
No, the ant queens are the pimps who tell the male workers what to do.
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