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12th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
A Mating Prayer Answered

On my Sierra Nevada deck, I observed a rare phenomenon: a headless male preying mantis atop a female who ate his head for protein to produce her eggs.

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Date Taken: 09.2013
Date Uploaded: 11.2014
Photo Location: North Fork, California, United States of America
Camera: uT6000,ST6000
Copyright: © Joanne Freemire