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How the male mantis avoids being decapitated after mating – The Hindu

Sexual cannibalism — when the female of a species consumes the male during or after mating — is also known among spiders and scorpions



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A male Springbok praying mantis looking for a hook up doesn’t have to worry about a female stealing his heart away. There is, however, a very good change she’ll bite his head off, and he knows it.
Indeed, 60% of sexual encounters between Springboks one of nearly 2,000 mantis species across the globe end in males being eaten as snack.
“Males play Russian roulette whenever they encounter cannibalistic females,” explained Nathan Burke, an entomologist at the University of Auckland and an expert on…

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