12 November 2006

 

An deathly embrace


Breakfast.


Maybe the one in the left top corner is saying "Leave someting for me"



The brown one is eating the green one alive.



Comments:

Are they mating?
# posted by k : Sunday, November 12, 2006 9:41:52 PM

"The brown one is eating the green one alive."
As a matter of fact, mantids always eat their prey alive; they will not eat dead prey, and cannot even perceive their prey unless it is moving. If an insect does not move, the mantis does not notice it, no matter how close it is.
# posted by BobG : Monday, November 13, 2006 12:03:57 AM

What puzzles me is that the female mantid is almost always the larger one - and the coloration, one green and one brown, is usually green female, brown male.
Famously, the female may eat the male during mating. But only if she's hungry.
And the male - knowing this ahead of time - takes preventive measures. But if he's eaten? She eats the head first - including the part of their teensy brain that makes the male more cautious - and mating is more successful.
I'm getting the impression you may be a fellow bug lover and already know all that.
So...why, in this pic, would we be watching what seems to be a male eating a female?!?
# posted by k : Monday, November 13, 2006 5:43:21 AM

Perversion in the Animal kingdom?
Yes k I know a bit but I am not an expert at all.
The brown one had eaten a chunk out of the green and the green was still feebly waving its horns/feelers.
# posted by KeesKennis : Monday, November 13, 2006 7:27:57 AM

I did not see any sign of mating.
# posted by KeesKennis : Monday, November 13, 2006 7:28:42 AM

Wow.
Really, I'm speechless.
Yes. I'd have to agree. This seems VERY perverted to me!
Pix of abnormal insect behavior can be of great interest to the scientists who most love that particular species. Who knows? Perhaps the world's leading mantid expert will come by and covet your photos. Then you'll have yet another claim to fame!
# posted by k : Monday, November 13, 2006 2:04:32 PM

Why am I hearing that song? You always hurt -- the one you love...
# posted by Libby Spencer : Tuesday, November 14, 2006 12:26:32 AM

Comments:
Are they mating?
 
"The brown one is eating the green one alive."

As a matter of fact, mantids always eat their prey alive; they will not eat dead prey, and cannot even perceive their prey unless it is moving. If an insect does not move, the mantis does not notice it, no matter how close it is.
 
What puzzles me is that the female mantid is almost always the larger one - and the coloration, one green and one brown, is usually green female, brown male.

Famously, the female may eat the male during mating. But only if she's hungry.

And the male - knowing this ahead of time - takes preventive measures. But if he's eaten? She eats the head first - including the part of their teensy brain that makes the male more cautious - and mating is more successful.

I'm getting the impression you may be a fellow bug lover and already know all that.

So...why, in this pic, would we be watching what seems to be a male eating a female?!?
 
Perversion in the Animal kingdom?

Yes k I know a bit but I am not an expert at all.

The brown one had eaten a chunk out of the green and the green was still feebly waving its horns/feelers.
 
I did not see any sign of mating.
 
Wow.

Really, I'm speechless.

Yes. I'd have to agree. This seems VERY perverted to me!

Pix of abnormal insect behavior can be of great interest to the scientists who most love that particular species. Who knows? Perhaps the world's leading mantid expert will come by and covet your photos. Then you'll have yet another claim to fame!
 
Why am I hearing that song? You always hurt -- the one you love...
 
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