How can females fertilize their own eggs?
Advantages of self-reproduction
Though spontaneous parthenogenesis appears to be rare, it does provide some benefits to the female who can achieve it. In some cases, it can allow females to generate their own mating partners.
Current research on parthenogenesis seeks to understand why some species are capable of both sex and parthenogenesis, and whether occasional sexual reproduction might be enough for a species to survive.
Mercedes Burns is an assistant professor of biological sciences at the University of Maryland in Baltimore County. Burns has previously received funding from the National Science Foundation.