sperm giving her the munchies?

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hey all,

so I had a female Creobroter gemmatus who wasn't particularly hungry for the first few weeks of her adult life. she would eat a few flies a week despite me feeding her an abundance of prey

then, she mated. she didn't eat the male, but since mating, she won't stop eating! she will eat anything now, crickets, roaches, waxworm moths, etc. I know that the sperm and such of other insect species can contain chemicals that alter the behavior of the female they go into (for example, they make her less horny), and i wonder if in some mantises, this is also a thing?

anyone else notice this?

 

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Could it be possible that her instincts are telling her to eat more in order to build up an ooth? I've noticed this behavior in CG and Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii. 

 

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