The eyes have it
If you look at this shot you can see the mantis is starring dead at me. What I didn't realize till now was that it had it's eyes dead on me the whole time I was photographing it.
That lone black dot on each eye was smaller in all the other shots, so it was harder to spot, but it's there, and you can see them trained in on me while it appeared to be totally focused in on eating it's prey. But make no mistake those black dots followed my camera no matter where I was as I circled around, up and down him. Including the first shots, when I was over his right shoulder behind him!
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