Cannibalistic mantis invades New Zealand, eats natives

By Erika Engelhaupt, 13:44 PM November 27, 2013

Sometimes life’s just not fair. It’s bad enough that male praying mantises in New Zealand are finding themselves more attracted to invasive South African females than to their own species. But of all the species in all the world to lust after, it had to be a sexual cannibal.

The hapless native, Orthodera novaezealandiae, is the only praying mantis native to New Zealand and is not sexually cannibalistic as far as anyone has observed. So the males are considered “na├»ve.” In their world, males a...

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