Female Mantis is also known as a sexual cannibal. During intercourse, the female bites off the males head. Decapitated, his dying spasm increase the amount of sperm delivered and then devours his corpse for nourishment.
Except, while this can happen it is not actually how it’s meant to go.
Sometimes a hungry female will just eat a male.
Sometimes part way through mating she’ll decide that “actually you’d make a great snack” at which point a male’s remaining body can continue mating because, like other insects, they have nerve bundles throughout their bodies. The walking legs may get information and instructions from the head, but their local nerves can handle all the walking business all by themselves.
The high prevalence of sexual cannibalism in mantids seems mostly to be from a study that was poorly done with stressed mantids, under more natural conditions canibalism rates drop (though it’s by no means uncommon still).
This poor male was set up for the worst possible approach. He didn’t even see the female in front of him and he walked straight into her, triggering a feeding response. She’s looking pretty skinny and all.
be kind to all animals
Insects aren’t animals
False. The class “Insecta” does fall under “Animalia.” Insects are animals.
If they’re not animals, what are they then? Incredibly lively plants? Fungi with ideas above their station?
Then again, there’s a lot of people don’t think fish are meat, so at least it’s not as wrong as that.