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Female Praying Mantids prefer to decapitate the male while mating. To avoid death, the male will sometimes attempt to mate from behind, by leaping on her back. In this position he is more likely to be able to get away alive and able to mate with other Mantis females. The female praying mantis, however, prefers to mate with the male placed in front. This position makes decapitation of her mate possible. When the male is beheaded, his body goes into spasms and the mating process becomes more vigorous. The female will often devour the male during or after the act of mating.Source: http://www. mvg document=2004101 5 _praying_mantis

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