The Uncanny Among Insects . . .
. . . because the mantis will turn and look at you. We notice this and feel weird, observed, says Dr. Gavin Svenson:
[P]eople are intrigued by mantises because they react differently from other insects. "They will turn and look at you," he said. Museum visitors who encounter the occasional praying mantis display are often taken aback. "They'll say, 'Whoa, that thing made eye contact.'"Good thing we're a lot bigger! But anyway, what's their official name, "Preying Mantis" and "Praying Mantis"?