For sure! I'd join a monastery and never even look at females! Same if I
were a male black widow.
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On 6/19/11 5:27 PM, "Nathan Wajsman" <photo@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> If I were a male mantis, celibacy would look like an extremely attractive
> Nathan Wajsman
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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
>> 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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