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Who am I now in this world without her? 
Petty and dull with the nerve to doubt her.
What does it matter, it’s already done. 
Now I’ve got to be there for her son.

Photographs of a Juvenile Malaysian Dead Leaf Mantis (Deroplatys desiccata).  As I post this, this guy/gal here has molted once more since these shots, and is sitting in his/her habitat checking me out as it does every night when I work.  If I had to guess, I would say there is just one more molt before adulthood… he/she is getting quite big.  I’ve had it since it was a speck, the size of a small salticidae, and it has been a pleasure watching the progress.