We knew that praying mantis females often cannibalize their mates after sex, and we suspected that there was some benefit to the male that would outweigh the cost, but why not just take the female out for an expensive dinner? Now we have some evidence. These clever experiments show that cannibalized males make a greater somatic investment in their offspring leading to higher fecundity in the female. Check out their hot experimental methods for determining male investment in offspring bodies.
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