I'm writing a science fiction novel regarding entomologists and insects.
There are chapters from human points of view and many that are from a bug's (which are the most interesting to write!) Long story short--this is a question that will define the basis between some characters
The question is:
Is there a reproductive insect relationship in which there is age disparity between male and female?
Does such a relationship exist between any known insects? Older female copulating with younger Male ? Or vice versa?
I've been doing research and I can't find evidence of anything in particular. I was thinking a species of mantis might be a candidate just because the young males can be eaten during sex. Perhaps they are drawn to older females who are the killers ?
If anyone knows of any firsthand experience or can lead me to a place with confirmed facts--I would be most appreciative! I am very keen of keeping my book as scientifically accurate as possible