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Mantis with Betel Nut Cutter

Even the most dramatic actors are helped with a bit of stage management. This is an older, larger preying mantis than the adolescent in the first seven pictures. She is standing on a pair of betel nut cutters and a Filipino amulet that's worn around the upper arm. She's eyeing an antique ivory cricket cage.
     How do I know she's a she? Because I want her to be.