Female praying mantids use sexual cannibalism as a foraging strategy to increase fecundity

  title={Female praying mantids use sexual cannibalism as a foraging strategy to increase fecundity},
  author={Katherine L. Barry and Gregory I Holwell and Marie Elisabeth Herberstein},
Several hypotheses have been proposed to explain the evolution of sexual cannibalism. The foraging strategy hypothesis states that sexual cannibalism may arise as an adaptive foraging strategy, providing females with the nutrients to increase future fecundity. Yet, very few studies have found that nourishment through cannibalism translates into increased fecundity. One explanation for this may be that most of these investigations have concentrated on sexually dimorphic spider species with tiny… CONTINUE READING
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