- Praying mantises, like most other complex organisms, mate to reproduce, but there's a wrinkle.
- Female praying mantises often kill the male after they're done mating, but one species of mantis has developed a defense.
- New research shows how male springbok mantises manage to escape sexual encounters without dying in the process.
Sex is the reason we're all here today. If it wasn't for reproduction, well, life wouldn't exist now would it? Most of the time, mating between two members of a species results in one or more offspring, as the two maters go on with their lives. Not so in the mantis world, where females are notorious for killing and eating their male sexual partners immediately after the act is completed.
This is true of most species of mantis, but the males of one species, in particular, the springbok mantis, seem to be able to avoid death in many cases. How exactly do they do this? That's exactly what scientists wanted to figure out, and the answer is actually pretty interesting.
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