Praying Mantis Mating Habits

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One aspect of praying mantis mating habits is that the female will occasionally eat the male. Find out how many eggs a praying mantis can lay at once with information from an entomologist in this free video on the praying mantis life cycle.

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I'm Mike Quinn; been an entomologist for twenty years, and we're here at The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower center, in Austin, Texas, talking about praying mantid mating habits. And one of the best known aspects of praying mantis mating habits is that the female occasionally will eat the male, and this does happen, but it's probably not the norm. But, when it does happen usually the female is undernourished, and the male becoming a meal for the female helps nourish the eggs that he helped fertilize, and so they will help the, help the young. But typically, a normal situation; male approaches the female and if everything goes right he'll get on her back and grab her prothorax and then they'll start mating, and shortly thereafter she'll lay a foamy mass that hardens up, and they can be a hundred praying mantid eggs in that. And that's how praying mantids mate.

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