Don’t Lose Your Head

I’m somewhat disappointed to learn that the female praying mantis does not always bite off the head of her mate during the sex act. Apparently, it’s much more likely to happen in the laboratory, where the sights and sounds (of anxious observers?) can make the female become more aggressive.
 
Coturnix, over at his imaginatively-named Blog Around The Clock (he specialises in chronobiology), has more information about what the male praying mantis should know before he goes a-wooing…

About Geoff Coupe

I'm a British citizen, although I have lived and worked in the Netherlands since 1983. I came here on a three year assignment, but fell in love with the country, and one Dutchman in particular, and so have stayed here ever since. On the 13th December 2006 I also became a Dutch citizen.
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