Do female praying mantises really eat their partner while mating? This is one of the most fascinating claims in the often bizarre world of insects.

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It goes like this: During mating, the female praying mantis starts to eat her partner, beginning at the head and working her way down. Losing his head does not stop the male as reflexes allow him to finish his life purpose before the rest of his body is consumed. (more…)