<p><b>Status: Not Assessed</b></p> <p>When it comes to mantis mating, it appears that size matters. Female mantises are known for decapitating and eating males during mating, but studies suggest only one in six males may meet this fate. Those that do are typically smaller individuals selectively targeted by very hungry females—a predatory act that occurs outside of mating as well. Photographed in Lincoln, Nebraska.</p> <p><a href="http://national-geographic.cafepress.com/art.1713764966?substrate=Mounted%20Print" target="_blank">Buy a print</a> | <a href="http://www.natgeocreative.com/photography/1173482" target="_blank">License this photo</a></p>

Praying Mantis

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When it comes to mantis mating, it appears that size matters. Female mantises are known for decapitating and eating males during mating, but studies suggest only one in six males may meet this fate. Those that do are typically smaller individuals selectively targeted by very hungry females—a predatory act that occurs outside of mating as well. Photographed in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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Photograph by Joel Sartore, National Geographic Photo Ark

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