From the Vault: Animal Sex Cannibals


Mantis female... A. Martin UW Photography/Momment/Getty

Sexual cannibalism is a rarity in the natural world, and scientists are still attempting to understand the act as practiced by mostly arachnids and insects. Why consume your mate after or during sexual intercourse? Why venture into such a scenario in the first place? Join Robert and Joe as they explore the thoroughly inhuman world of sexual cannibalism. (Originally published March 10, 2016)

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Black Widow Spiders, Latrodectus mactans; a tiny male warily approaches the female.
Black Widow Spiders, Latrodectus mactans; a tiny male warily approaches the female.
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Topics in this Podcast: cannibalism, sex, biology