Rare bee, half male half female, has a body divided in the middle. This rare condition is known as jinandromorphy. jinandromorph is a combination of masculine and feminine features.
Researchers found the bee in a nest gathered in a forest on Barro Colorado Island in Panama, and explained it in a study published in the Journal of Hymenoptera Studies on February 27.
The first example known as jinandromorphs among these bee species is Megalopta Amoena. An antenna facing the front of the bee, on the “female side”; there is a larger, stronger jawbone. The back of the female side is also larger and hairy than the male side. The study authors show that while the hair used to collect pollen covers the female half of the lower body, there are few hairs on the male side of the body.
The right or female side of the bee’s body was more hairy and had a more robust back leg. (Photo credit: Chelsey Ritner photos)
The bee is known as bilateral jinandromorph, gender differences are divided in the middle. Jinandromorphy can also be in the axial form, where the front part of the body is one gender and the back part is another gender.
Bilateral jinandromorphibes are documented in insects, crustaceans, snakes and even birds; it is easiest because significant physical differences can be seen between males and females of that type. A striking example is a bird described in 2019, while one side is covered with the light brown plumage of the female, while the lower side of the body is covered with the dramatic red plumage of the male.
The front view of the Bee Head shows the split between the sexes (left side of the image is female and right side is male). (Image: © Photo by Chelsey Ritner)
In addition, researchers discovered the physical distinctions between male and female traits in jinandromorphs in a finch bird in 2003. This is not just a skin condition. The right half of the bird’s brain was genetically male, and the left half was genetically female, according to a bird study published in the Journal of the National Academy of Sciences.
Jinandromorfarı also showed different food-seeking behaviors than men and women in the nest. According to the study, male and female bees “showed almost no activity during this time”, during the day, having more activities in the dark in the early morning than their friends.
However, the researchers state that more evidence is needed to tell if this unusual activity is due to the bee’s gyndromorphism.