Coming soon to Second Life thanks to the new Bento skeleton: Praying mantis avatars! This is an early demo from Angus Tamatzui, who tells me it'll be in his SL Marketplace listings when it's available. SL being SL, some enterprising weirdos will then inevitability figure out how to add "cannibalism after mating"* animation overrides and I just threw up in my mouth a little.
While evolutionary biologists continue to investigate and debate this unsettling behavior, there is a growing consensus that its occurrence in nature may have multiple potentially unrelated causes. Regardless of cause, however, the evidence is clear: male mantids can and often do successfully copulate without having their heads ingested, and therefore the claim that it is a biologically necessary aspect of praying mantid mating is demonstrably false.
But if you still want to swing that way in SL, don't let that biological fact stop you!