Praying Mantis Love is Waaay Weirder Than You Think | Deep Look

by birtanpublished on September 5, 2020

This episode of deep look is brought to you by curiosity stream this mantis is at the top of her game all summer she's been bulking up on grasshoppers

And flies they're called bordered mantises ambush hunters cloaked by camouflage some green and some brown and check out those four limps they're lined with sharp spikes almost like a couple extra sets of Jaws

To grab her prey they've served her well but summer is coming to an end here in California's Owens Valley the one thing left for them to do start the next generation she sends out a chemical signal an alluring cocktail of

Pheromones into the air this guy picks up the message he's way way smaller than she is simply outclassed when it comes to strength and deadliness he makes his move to pass on his genes for that's one way to go and

He's not the only male to meet his end this way so why would praying mantises do this eat their own kind at a rather intimate moment seems like they wouldn't last

Long as a species well it takes a ton of energy for females to produce their eggs about a hundred of them developing inside her she'll lay them in a foamy cluster like this called an oaf eka so that male is fueling the survival of his

Species nutritionally speaking when they hatch in the spring they'll be plenty more mantises to replace this one and these bordered mantises weren't going to live much longer anyway they

Can't survive the cold autumn nights so males might as well take a shot huh this time it worked out he delivers a packet of sperm to fertilize her eggs but each time it's a serious gamble

well that didn't go so well but wait look he's been decapitated but his body is still moving like it's on autopilot kind of a zombie mating machine it's being controlled by nerves in the

Mantises abdomen and can still get the job done in fact males who successfully mate and get eaten in the process may father more eggs than those who get away so while it might not really seem that way this guy may be the ultimate winner

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