micro photography


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.