Sexual Approach in the Praying Mantid Mantis Religiosa (L.)

@article{Gemeno2006SexualAI,
  title={Sexual Approach in the Praying Mantid Mantis Religiosa (L.)},
  author={C{\'e}sar Gemeno and Jordi Claramunt},
  journal={Journal of Insect Behavior},
  year={2006},
  volume={19},
  pages={731-740}
}
Males of sexually cannibalistic species are thought to express behaviors that reduce the risk of being killed by the females. In several spider species the male modulates his approach to the female as a function of her feeding behavior. We tested this hypothesis in the preying mantid Mantis religiosa (L.). Males were placed behind perching females in a laboratory arena and their position was video-recorded. Females were presented with a prey item (prey-presentation period) and then either they… 
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