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Praying Mantis Nymph -- Bingham, Illinois
Even though this little gal was facing away from me, she was nonetheless staring at me very intently. If you zoom in on this, you can see a black dot at the rear of her left "eye bulge", which is actually the pupil of her eye trained backwards on me. I can assure you that I was under constant, intense surveillance the whole time I was taking photos.

A mantis has to big compound eyes, the ones you will easily notice. But they also have three smaller eyes located on the middle of their head. Those eyes are used for detecting light while the big eyes are for seeing movement and having depth vision.

Not every species of mantis has developed the power of hearing, but some did. The auditory organ of a mantis is located on the middle of their belly, just between the last set of legs. Their ear is nothing like ours, as it can only hear loud high-pitched noises. Other sounds can only be felt as vibrations but not as real hearing. Why would a mantis only want to hear load high-pitched sounds? To avoid bats! When a mantis flies it can be an easy pray for a bat. At night bats feed on any flying insect and spot them using echo location. The bat will send out a high pitched cry and will listen for the sound bouncing off a flying insect and coming back to him. When a flying mantis hears a loud high-pitched sound it means that a bat is near. To avoid being eaten it will make a sudden move and allow itself to fall to the ground.

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