I'd like to reiterate that the only two things the literal arthropods and idiomatic women really have in common are the name and a dead husband or three.
Regardless of the precise motive of the idiomatic woman, her motive will always be a human one, and her victim's death may or may not take place during or very soon after sex.
Regardless of the precise motive of the literal arthropod, her motive will always be a necessarily inhuman one, and her victim's death will take place during or very soon after sex. (edit: She also usually eats
the male, which is known as "sexual cannibalism" according to The Other Wiki
The female praying mantis, for example, does not like having human voyeurs, and the male praying mantis head turns out to be a great comfort food to deal with that stress.
edited 28th May '13 4:10:27 PM by Pig_catapult