National Geographic : 1950 May
688 John G. Pitkin A A Battling Amazon Subdues a Tousled Male. Mating Ends in a Cannibal Feast, Below The female, thrown on her side, viciously bites her victim. The male's rumpled wings indicate the intensity of the struggle. Larger and heavier, females usually win. This battling pair was brought indoors for photography, but the mortal combat went on unabated. In temperate latitudes the slender, swaggering males seek mates in late summer. After mating, the female dispatches her mate with a well-placed bite and devours him at her leisure. A male, below, trails a female through a weed patch. Later, at right, she suns on a sprig of goldenrod while her mate's headless body dangles grotesquely.