Katherine Barry* studied cannibalism by females that were fed diets differing in quality. Females with very poor quality diet had lower body density and produced fewer offspring. For males, such females are a poor mate choice. However, these females were more attractive to males than females fed a better quality diet with higher body density and fecundity. By consuming the males, poor quality females were able to increase their fecundity significantly. The males may be victims of false adversing by females.
*Katherine L. Barry. 2014. Sexual deception in a cannibalistic mating system? Testing the Femme Fatale hypothesis.