Female predatory response to conspecific males and heterospecific prey in the praying mantis Mantis religiosa: evidence for discrimination of conspecific males

  title={Female predatory response to conspecific males and heterospecific prey in the praying mantis Mantis religiosa: evidence for discrimination of conspecific males},
  author={Pavol Prokop and Michael R. Maxwell},
  journal={Journal of Ethology},
Sexual cannibalism, the attack and consumption of the opposite sex by a conspecific during courtship, copulation, or soon after copulation, is widespread among invertebrates, but the causes of this behavior are not fully understood. We examine the mistaken identity hypothesis, which posits that non-copulatory cannibalism occurs because females do not recognize conspecific males as potential mates. This hypothesis predicts indiscriminate predatory behavior by females towards conspecific males… 


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