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Old 08-16-2021, 10:47 AM
 
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You make love and get literally eaten for nourishment. Damn. Kind of like the Angler fish where the male quite literally gets absorbed into the female. Nature is certainly strange.
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Old 08-21-2021, 10:34 PM
 
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You make love and get literally eaten for nourishment. Damn. Kind of like the Angler fish where the male quite literally gets absorbed into the female. Nature is certainly strange.
That's basically mostly true when they're kept in captivity. In nature, not so much.

"According to Marianne Shockley Robinette, an entomologist at the University of Georgia, “While it has been observed in artificial settings such as laboratories where they’re rearing praying mantises, it’s rarely been observed in a natural environment.”

https://entomologytoday.org/2013/12/...eat-the-males/
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Old 08-26-2021, 06:32 PM
 
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You make love and get literally eaten for nourishment. Damn. Kind of like the Angler fish where the male quite literally gets absorbed into the female. Nature is certainly strange.
The angler fish represent an extreme case of sexual dimorphism. It’s one of the most prominent ones in the animal kingdom.
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Old 08-26-2021, 06:33 PM
 
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Praying mantises do have one of the more extreme mating practices. I think the eating only happens under stress, though.
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Old 09-25-2021, 09:07 PM
 
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This time of year, the female mantises are busy laying their eggs. They will leave a clutch of them just about anywhere, it seems! It always looks like that stuff you spray into cracks to seal them over. This year, we were overrun with cute little tiny mantises when they started hatching.
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Old Today, 11:07 AM
 
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Praying mantises do have one of the more extreme mating practices. I think the eating only happens under stress, though.
If you read my post a couple above yours, it rarely happens in nature.
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