For context: Honeybees are the route of my confusion. I understood asexual reproduction to be like cloning yourself, meaning you produce a haploid offspring. It should have the exact genetic information you have.
However, I was told at work that bees can produce offspring asexually and sexually. Queen bees can either produce a haploid male through asexual reproduction, or a diploid female through sexual reproduction.
I’m a little confused as to how a diploid organism can produce a haploid that is genetically identical? Surely they won’t be genetically identical if they have lost a whole half of their chromosomes?
So my question is – can diploid organisms asexually reproduce to create haploid offspring? or is that nonsense?