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Asian mantis eating her mate

Asian mantis eating her mate

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Female giant Asian mantis (Hierodula doveri) eating her mate. Most species of praying mantis exhibit this behaviour, known as sexual cannibalism, before, during or after copulation. The female may begin by biting off the male's head (as with ordinary prey). Photographed in India.

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