Female katydid with spermatophore

Female katydid with spermatophore

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Caption: A female katydid with a spermatophore attached after mating. The male katydid provides a nuptial gift for the female in the form of a spermatophylax, a body attached to the males' spermatophore which is eaten by the female. The function of the spermatophylax is to increase the attachment time of the male's spermatophore and thereby increase his paternity.

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Keywords: amazon, animal behaviour, biology, cricket, crypsis, cryptic, ecuador, fauna, female, forest, green, insect, invertebrate, jungle, katydid, leaf, male, mating, neotropical, nuptial gift, orthoptera, ovopositor, paternity, rainforest, reproduction, species, sperm, spermatophore, spermatophylax, tropical, zoology

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