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Re: [OM] TIME FOR A LITTLE SEX?

Subject: Re: [OM] TIME FOR A LITTLE SEX?
From: Nathan Wajsman <photo@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 19 Jun 2011 23:27:08 +0200
If I were a male mantis, celibacy would look like an extremely attractive 
option.

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On Jun 19, 2011, at 12:01 PM, Andrew Fildes wrote:

> Spiders suffer from extreme gender dimorphism - the male is tiny and looks 
> nothing like the female. Consequently, if he makes one tiny mistake in his 
> nervous courtship  approach, she decides that he's probably lunch.
> Mantises are much stranger. She turns and bites through his neck during 
> copulation, decapitating him. The violent nervous shock causes him to 
> ejaculate. It's a neat adaptation because it means that once he's done his 
> job, the now useless male is no longer around to compete for food. If she 
> then eats the corpse it's nothing personal, just a confirmation that she 
> isn't sentimental and that his remains are...convenient.
> Andrew Fildes
> afildes@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> 
> 
> 
> On 19/06/2011, at 6:16 PM, Chris Crawford wrote:
> 
>> You're thinking of Spiders. Flies don't eat other bugs (which includes their
>> mates). Spiders will eat each other; black widow females are infamous for
>> it, but a lot of other female spiders also eat their mates. In the insect
>> world, I think that female praying mantises also sometimes eat the males.
> 
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