A parent’s greatest joy is to see their children excel in life. They would sacrifice a lot for the betterment of their kid’s better future. No other species take it to the extreme like the species that do sexual cannibalism.
Sexual cannibalism is where the female devours the male before, during, or after copulation. That is evidenced in some insect species likes of the black widow, scorpions, and praying mantis.
A Case Study of Praying Mantis Sexual Cannibalism
Poor male mantis, if he gets lucky while on a date. There is a 13-28 percent chance that she is going to eat him after copulation. In fact, during the mating seasons, 63 percent of female mantises diet consists of their male dates they copulated with.
No, these females are not crazy, they are just giving their kids the best chances of survival in this cold (cold) world. For the males that do eaten, sometimes even before they get done with the copulation, they make the ultimate sacrifice; the most extreme case of male parental investment towards a greater future of their kids.
A study suggests that the female mantis behavior of …read more