During mating the smaller male often jumps on the back of the larger female.
Miscalculating the jump may mean the male becomes a meal.
If the jump was successful, the pair mate and during copulation
the female may turn and devour the male’s head.
Mating can take from a few minutes to several hours.
Once mating is over, the male is in deadly danger - timing is everything.
In this instance, his fate is sealed - the female was much too quick for him.
When complete, this female made a meal of the male.
Post-coital cannibalism - the male is the nearest high-energy meal around -
just right to ensure the eggs in the female mature faster...
see also Praying Mantis Section
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