Discovery of an androgynous bee in Ecuador: half female, half male

The scientific article on this finding, developed within the framework of a Trilateral Cooperation Project between Germany, Brazil and Ecuador, was published in the prestigious international journal Sociobiology.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The National Institute of Biodiversity (Inabio) of Ecuador announced on Monday (30) the discovery of the first case of an androgynous bee, with morphological characteristics of both sexes: half female, half male.

Researchers from Inabio and the Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazonia (INPA, Brazil) reported this first case of "gynandromorphism" in the orchid bee (Eulaema meriana), found in a sector of the province of Los Rios, in the tropical region of southeastern Ecuador.

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