New Moon

An old mantis greets a new moon, thorny demon reflecting on past crimes. • Chinese mantis | Tenodera aridifolia sinensis   Tweet

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In Search of a Map

Her eyes scan the new landscape in search of a map a flower’s cosmology ready for misadventures. Chinese Praying Mantis | Tenodera aridifolia sinensis   Tweet

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Mirror-Image

A newborn mantis dreams her mirror-image, their glowing fates sealed by the gods – Chinese mantis – Tenodera aridifolia sinensis   Tweet

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Tethered Demon

A demon rises from the remains of the day, frustrated young assassin tethered to my garden – Chinese mantis | Tenodera aridifolia sinensis   Tweet

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Silent Straightjacket

No defenses against her tricks, she leads the quietest of lives, enchanting you with her silent straightjacket. • Chinese mantis | Tenodera aridifolia sinensis   Tweet

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A Twisting Tangle

Tiny hunters break the silk bonds tethering them to the past, their birth a twisting tangle of legs and hunger. • Chinese Praying Mantis | Tenodera aridifolia sinensis   Tweet

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Homeschooled Secrets

A mantis nymph maps traces of evaporated dew, homeschooled in the garden’s secrets as she ties up the last bits of morning. • Chinese Praying Mantis | Tenodera aridifolia sinensis   Tweet

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Cobwebs Shiver

Cobwebs shiver with her tiniest move, a mantis nymph rules an underworld ready for a brutal reckoning, the next instar a far-off dream. • Praying mantis | Tenodera aridifolia sinensis   Tweet

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