a male honeybee has 16 chromosomes whereas its female has 32 chromosomes. give one reason

  • Parthenogenesis is a form of asexual reproduction in which a new individual develops from an unfertilized egg.
  • It is a method by which a new individual develops without fertilization.
  • Males play no part in this, and only female gametes develop into new offspring.
  • Examples of organisms showing parthenogenesis are honey bees, ants, and birds.
  • Male honeybees are born from unfertilised eggs by the process known as parthenogenesis where as female honeybees are born from fertilised eggs.
  • As unfertilised eggs carries only half number of chromosome as compared to fertilised eggs, therefore male honeybee has 16 chromosomes whereas female has 32 chromosomes.

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Refer th following figure,

As shown in the figure ,
the female is diploid (2n = 32) as it is produced due to fertilisation,
whereas male haploid ( n = 16) as it is developed by parthenogenesis(without fertilisation)
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