I am learning about Drone bees and I keep reading that they are born from unfertilized eggs.

Now here is my question: if eggs are gametes and therefore reproductive cells, how can they turn into a new living being without being fertilized? If that is possible, then it would mean that the gamete is already a living being/bee from the moment of its creation.

What am I missing? Is there some "activation" process that substitute the fertilization in the case of bees?

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    – Chris
    Jun 21, 2022 at 9:28


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