The Praying mantis is a super freaky looking bug with some very interesting sexual predilections. For instance, cannibalism.
Some female Mantis species bite the head off the male Mantis after he deposits his sperm in her. After is the important part to remember while watching this video from Youtube channel Deep Impact. At about the three minute 30 second mark, you will witness a male mantis getting its head bite off—and still being DTF afterwards.
As you can see, he has no head. Yet he persists.
According to the narrtor, the nerves in the Mantis’ abdomen are controlling its body at this point. He doesn’t really need a head to get the job done, so to speak. He’s just following his heart!
Look, this is pretty disturbing, but don’t let it poison you against the Praying Mantis forever. They’re actually pretty cool bugs, with lots of gorgeous varieties:
Praying Mantis riding a bike =D Incredible nature pic.twitter.com/Oae9VTjuUt
— Beauty of Nature (@beautyofnatur15) November 15, 2017
Praying Mantis, so corny I like it haha pic.twitter.com/VbIxMK8Z2S
— Michael Viviani (@Viviani_Michael) November 17, 2017
Giant Devil’s Flower Mantis, is one of the largest species of praying mantis pic.twitter.com/86c0aofHNn
— Fascinating things (@YupThatExist) November 14, 2017
Deroplatys Truncata, a type of praying mantis which looks like leaves. pic.twitter.com/e9JFlvISND
— The World (@World) November 15, 2017
Praying mantis today, very chilly temps, some cobweb clinging. pic.twitter.com/3mg2xYwdgw
— Terry Anderson (@MyArizonaSky) November 14, 2017
Praying mantis on a lovely flower. 🌼💕 pic.twitter.com/XPP7KAPQAp
— Misty Woodworth (@MistyC51360) November 16, 2017
FEMALE PREDATOR UNDER THE CELERY
femmina di Mantide Religiosa in agguato tra le foglie di sedano dell'orto
Mantis religiosa, Apium graveolens#mantis #mantisreligiosa #religiosa #apium #graveolens #mantidereligiosa #mantide #prayingmantis #mantisgram #s… https://t.co/eq4FasyJox pic.twitter.com/KvmklfjK7A
— Nicola Bressi (@Nicola_Bressi) November 17, 2017
Just don’t take one home from the bar.