By Josie  July 3rd, 2023

The Bizarre Mating Rituals

of Praying Mantis

The mating rituals of the Praying Mantis are some of nature’s most bizarre displays.

Let's take a closer look:

The praying mantis has an elongated body, triangular head, and an iconic praying posture that makes it instantly recognizable.


Its name is derived from its posture, which looks like it’s praying for its next meal.

Origin of Name

1. Wing extension  2. Wing flicking 3. Swaying movements  4. Pheromone release

When trying to attract a mate, the male employs a range of intricate behaviors and movements:

Male praying mantises also engage in an elaborate dance to impress the females, showcasing their strength and agility.

The female will typically lure the male into a false sense of security, then decapitate him after mating and then eat him.

Sexual Cannibalism

By consuming the male, the female gains a valuable source of nutrients, which can be crucial for her survival and the development of her eggs.

The consumption of the male may provide the female with essential proteins and nutrients that improve her fertility.

Enhanced Fertility

The sexual cannibalism acts as a selection mechanism, promoting the passing of superior genetic traits to the next generation.

Mate Choice

In some cases, the male may disengage quickly enough to avoid becoming a meal.

Can a Male Survive Mating?

The duration of mating in praying mantises can vary, typically ranging from a few hours to several hours

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