My daughter and I caught this small praying mantis last night while looking for fireflies. After accidentally swatting a lampyridae (lightning bug) into a bush, I saw something snatch it and jet away. After a few gentle grabs, we caught the rapacious predator and its helpless, blinking prey.
Thanks to my daughter's curiosity and inspiration from Piotr Naskrecki's amazing macro photography (see his fascinating blog, The Smaller Majority), I tried photographing the mantid tonight with a 100mm macro lens and two speedlights. The lens is sharpest at F13 but the depth of field is still too shallow to capture the entire insect in focus (a mere inch and a half long). At full resolution, I can see the honeycomb array of its eyes.
A few interesting notes from Wikipedia: Mantids may have a visual range of up to 20 metres. At close range, their eyes have precise stereoscopic vision. Many have an auditory thoracic organ that helps evade bats by detecting their echolocation.