It wasn't love-you-until-forever-and-ever. It was just about SEX!!! One of our females is just a tramp mantid! Disgusting.
But, I might add, interesting!
We were hit with a "herd" of mantids in the yard today. Well, herd
sounds like hundreds, it was actually 9. But, that is a LOT when you don't see them all that often!
Anyway, ds and I were having fun with them crawling on us (got a great picture of one on ds's face!). Ds decided that we should put one in with one of the females we have. He felt these were all males that were on our porch and lawn today. He said that female mantids will mate, lay eggs, mate, lay eggs, you get the idea.
So, a slender, brown male was added to Matilda's habitat (Matilda is the green mantis). He decided not
to name the male, just in case, you know...........
They scanned each other. It's funny, you can really see mantids looking at something, it's the way they turn and tilt their heads! They did wonderful, halting, dance-like moves toward each other and then, just as the male got within range, BAM! Matilda knocks him across the habitat (maybe a good 6")!!
He must be into S&M, because he headed right back at her, avoided a right cross, jumped on her back, whipped his tail around and proceeded to, well, follow love's course, so to speak..........
They stayed "locked" for about 4 hours and then just stayed side by side.
I had to head off to the gym for an hour and, when I returned, I checked out the loving pair.
She had him in a most loving embrace and was looking into his eyes. Yes, he still had his eyes. However, one arm was gone and she was eating him alive, starting with his thorax, with gusto (like pesto, only more tan. Just kidding...). His legs were moving slowly. It is gastly!!
So, I expect that in about 18 days, after we have spent several dollars on small crickets at the pet store and moved the habitat into a more protected area (lows by this weekend in the 20's!), we will have another egg case making its appearance.
I think we need a mantid smilie!
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