Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Female Praying Mantis & Cannibalism

As we have learned in the recent weeks there are many ways in which insects mate. Whether if by traumatic insemination, nuptial gifts or simply following the steps of reproduction. One of the most shocking mating rituals is actually- cannibalism! I was surprised, intrigued and possibly slightly sickened to learn that some female insects, such as the Praying Mantis, actually consume their male mates after mating. In some cases they even continue to mate after cannibalism has begun. I decided to investigate further. I found this short video (below) of a male and female Praying Mantis, watch closely what happens! 

Emily Elizabeth Thomas

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