Mantises are known for their macabre habit of cannibalism: the female often devours the male’s head and chest during mating. This still manages to complete fertilization thanks to the abdominal muscles capable of functioning even without a brain. This behavior seems to serve to ensure nourishment for the female to complete development and egg laying.

origin: Equatorial Africa
environment: Forest
sleep-wake: Diurnal
average lifespan: 1 year
dimensions: 10 cm


red list: NE (Not Assessed)