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African mantis mating

Gwenn Seemel
Femme fatale (African mantis)
2012
acrylic on panel
10 x 10 inches

Two of the four insects I painted for this series are depicted in an intimate moment. This is what it looks like when slugs mate. To learn more about the making of this painting, visit this article on my blog. Below is the text from the book Crime Against Nature that goes with this image—the book can be read and purchased here.

...and the sexual behavior of girls can be aggressive.

After mating, the female African mantis, along with female praying mantises of all kinds, often eats the male.