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mating praying mantis


Sexual cannibalism is common among mantises in captivity, and under some circumstances may also be observed in the field. The female may begin feeding by biting off the male’s head (as they do with regular prey), and if mating has begun, the male’s movements may become even more vigorous in its delivery of sperm. Early researchers thought that because copulatory movement is controlled by a ganglion in the abdomen, not the head, removal of the male’s head was a reproductive strategy by females to enhance fertilisation while obtaining sustenance.


many of you may have heard interesting stories about sexual cannibalism among praying mantis. But i could not observe any action of the female regarding those stories as this couple move into a more darker place in the plant soon after i took the photographs. stories and researches done on the mating behavior of the praying mantis are so interesting .... hope you'l read the reference links and enhance your knowledge.....

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ChunXingWong 7 years ago

Looks like a Hapalopeza species.

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 7 years ago

Thank you Cha.....

Chamalka Dulmini
Chamalka Dulmini 7 years ago

great series Bhagi!!!

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 7 years ago

Thanks Sau, Sew and Dilan........

Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 7 years ago

Beautiful spotting Bhagi!!!

Sew 7 years ago

intresting story bhagi...nice one.. :D

WOw awesome one bugz !

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 7 years ago

he he Thanks Adi.....

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 7 years ago

First time i have seen a mantis mating..Nice one yar :)

Bhagya Herath
Spotted by
Bhagya Herath

Kandy CP, Sri Lanka

Spotted on Nov 1, 2013
Submitted on Nov 7, 2013

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