Butterfly is Half Male & Half Female

Sat, 01/10/2015 - 11:13
Submitted by Carlin Ross

Nature just astounds me. As we sit and debate sexuality, orientation and gender, life simply goes on.

Here is a butterfly belonging to the family Nymphalidate (known as the brush-footed butterflies) that displays both male and female characteristics that you can see separated in each wing. It lives in the tropical rainforests of Southeast Asia.

Science calls the condition "gynandromorphy", which means outwardly having both male and female characteristics. (This is distinct from hermaphroditism, in which an organism has both male and female reproductive organs, but has external characteristics of one gender.)

This happens when the sex chromosomes fail to separate during cell division in early development. As a result, some of the animal's cells have a female genotype, and others have a male genotype, giving rise to an animal with both male and female characteristics.

Why can't the same thing happen with humans? And why can't we accept that?

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Fascinating (raises single

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 08:17
Jeffrey65802 (not verified)

Fascinating (raises single eyebrow ala Mr. Spock.) :) Unfortunately, despite science informing us as to the normal variation of sexuality, demonstrating some 1500+ species which exhibit homosexuality, this reality hasn't managed to make homosexuality in people any more acceptable. I often wonder at this and have concluded some things people wanna believe if only to keep it simple. Even when confronted by factual evidence to the contrary, they'll opt for the old ifnormation so they don't have to learn new things. It's a kind of intellectual laziness. If people accepted how complex living systems really are, how there's more than just two sexes, scores of genders, much of what they accept as reality would fall to pieces. And bereft of those kinds of certainties makes for a very perplexing world. Throw in religious nonsense and you have the recipe for intellectual disaster.