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A Gift for you!

Praying mantises are known for a strange mating ritual. The females are said to behead and devour their partners, before, during or after mating. In fact, more often than not, males avoid being eaten through a combination of caution and speed.

To win acceptance, some male insects (like the scorpion fly) present the potential mates with nuptial gifts, during courtship. Generally, the gifts take the form of food, but may also be merely empty packages ,designed to stimulate the female’s interest or divert her attention during mating.

Before searching for a mate, many male flies kill prey,then enclose the remains in cases made from silk or a frothy secretion. Carrying the light weight cases to a mating site, the males pass them to the females, which clasp the gifts to their abdomens. While she is occupied, the female all but ignores the male, as he proceeds to couple with her.

Among the more advanced species of insects, males present only empty cases or bits of petals or leaves, which serve the same purpose.

Now, Why am I not surprised ?!! :-)

So ladies, when you open your valentine gifts, this February 14th, be really, really careful. And guys, be prepared to run for your lives.With women,you never know!

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  1. Wow! in today's lingo, simply fundoo :)

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  2. This is so good!
    I find it extraordinary that the most developed species present the most inocuous and worthless gifts...which probably means the gifts in our species are the the worst of them all - this considering that we are the most evolved species, which I sometimes doubt...

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  3. Misti :Thank you!

    Devil Mood: Was referring to insects when I said, 'most advanced species'.Just added the two words, after I read your comment.Sorry if that was misguiding.I too found the mating ritual among praying Mantis, amazing.Scientists say that it is done, so that only the most eligible of the males survive--so that the best characteristics are passed on to the offsprings.

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  4. Sort of reminds me of giving the soon-to-be amputee a stick to bite down on, or the finger-pointing cartoon character who says, "Oh look!" to get the spaghetti off the distracted's plate. And of course, there is the MRE (most recent ex) who would file her nails during the act. Boy, I should have seen THAT breakup coming (so to speak). Who'd a thunk a woman could file her nails for the full 50 minutes!

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  5. hey, the new template looks cool..

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  6. this was freaking hilarious!

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  7. Ah. A devilish insight into the human male.

    Perhaps if you women didn't keep trying to bite our heads off we would bring you nicer presents...

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  8. Never a truer word spoken :-) We women are definitely the more dangerous of the sexes!

    I love the new look of your blog btw :-) Love it love it love it!!!! Great pic of you too. I have been toying with posting a pic of me on my blog but kind of like being a cat. It menas people don't judge me before reading adn it amuses me when they think I really am a cat or think I'm a man!

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  9. I know you were refering to the insects, but I jumped to the most advanced species of all and made an hypothesis ;)

    The new look is lovely and you're looking so sweet in your new photo!

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  10. You are too clever my friend!..Does this mean the equivilant would be me presenting to my wife an empty chocolate box covered in frothy secretions?..how would this go down?..would she be touched?..would she see the depth of my feeling?..how long would I have to stay in hospital?

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  11. You are too clever my friend!..Does this mean the equivilant would be me presenting to my wife an empty chocolate box covered in frothy secretions?..how would this go down?..would she be touched?..would she see the depth of my feeling?..how long would I have to stay in hospital?

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  12. That is so cute! Well, not so much for the male when he isn't fast enough to get away...who knew?? I hope the female eats every one of the cheaters who only brings her empty gifts!

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  13. so while a mantis couple is ..doing stuff...suddenly out of nowhere the female decided to get hungry and eats the nearest thing she sees..that being the male???

    eep... but this just goes to show..men will do anything to get into bed.
    lol

    nice warning for guys at the end... I will be happy to run... *sob* but I don't have a date...

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  14. Gawpo:That was hilariuos.MRE--what a nice term :-)

    Diya: thank U.

    Blue painted red:I laughed too!

    Bob-kat:Thank you.You made me so happy,happy happy!

    Niall: if you are alive, you are lucky!What is a hospital stay, if you can trade it for your LIFE?

    Katherine:I hope she eats all of them who bring her dead leaves as well.What?Havent they heard of perfumes?:-)

    Hershey: i would have given you my number--But I'm married you know.Why dont you ask Bob-kat? :-)

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  15. interesting...do you know that dolphins do the same, except they find pretty rocks at the bed of the ocean and gift it to their potential mates. your perfect post award was very well deserved. congratulations!

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