Sexual cannibalism in the praying mantid, Mantis religiosa: a field study

  title={Sexual cannibalism in the praying mantid, Mantis religiosa: a field study},
  author={S. Lawrence},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  • S. Lawrence
  • Published 1992
  • Biology
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Abstract The frequency of sexual cannibalism, mating behaviour and general biology of a wild population of the mantid, Mantis religiosa, were examined. Mating behaviour of wild mantids was similar to that of captive individuals: males were always ‘cautious’ towards females and performed no display in their precopula approach. Sexual cannibalism occurred in 31% of matings observed in the wild. Growth (weight gain/age) was restricted in wild females. Males were attracted more to heavier females… CONTINUE READING
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