Wednesday, September 25, 2013

man eater

Oh là là, cherchez la femme
She's a man-eater!

"If you're in it for love, you ain't gonna get too far, Oh-oh, here she comes. Watch out boy she'll chew you up. Oh-oh, here she comes. She's a mantid-eater," sang Hall & Oakes in 1982. 

Could they have been singing about this lovely creature?

Praying mantises! This is their mating season and the large predator insects are looking for mates. If you have any single, unattached mantids in your yard call me, perhaps I can play matchmaker. But, keep in mind that the female often eats the male after they have coupled, so it may be a death sentence for him. (Studies have shown that she is less likely to consume her mate if she has recently eaten, so perhaps he needs to take her out to dinner before any amorous overtures are made.)

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