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painting of komodo dragon

Gwenn Seemel
Virgin birth (Komodo dragon)
2012
acrylic on panel
10 x 10 inches

Sometimes, I have to make two paintings in order to make one. That was the case for the komodo dragon, and, on one occasion, I made two practice portraits of a client, this one and this one, as well as one final painting. For more about the making of Virgin birth, watch this vlog. Below is the text from the book Crime Against Nature that goes with this image—the book can be read and purchased here.

Some girls can even make boy babies without ever having had sex with boys.

The female komodo dragon can produce male offspring without the contribution of a male. Because the female komodo dragon has ZW sex chromosomes and the male has ZZ, a female can lay eggs with just one Z chromosome and that egg will eventually develop into the ZZ of a male.