Toxic love

Posted by Mario Fiorucci on Mon May 30, 2022 7:46 pm

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Garden scene at the back of my house.

In this copulation of Praying Mantis, the female has eaten the head and part of the neck of the male, who will continue to copulate until he falls dying thanks to having a 2nd brain located in the stomach that allows him to continue with the action.

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by david fletcher on Tue May 31, 2022 2:34 am
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Wonderful image Mario. Thanks for the info...(I think..LOL)
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by Carol Clarke on Tue May 31, 2022 5:22 pm
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Amazing image, Mario! Mating is a dangerous business for these strange insects!

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by Tom Whelan on Tue May 31, 2022 8:03 pm
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The even lighting and the detail are remarkable - though the subject is macabre.

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by ADKShooter on Wed Jun 01, 2022 3:50 am
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That's really taking one for the team when it comes to the survival of the species. Terrific clean, simple image to show this behavior.

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