20th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Toxic Love

In this copulation of Praying Mantis, the female has eaten the head and part of the neck of the male, who will continue to copulate until he falls dying thanks to having a 2nd brain located in the stomach that allows him to continue with the action.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 04.2020
Date Uploaded: 11.2022
Photo Location: santa rosa, Argentina
Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Copyright: © Mario Gustavo Fiorucci
Photo of the Day: 12.20.22