As far as beginner species go, you’ll not find anything more unique than the cat-eye mantis. Heterochaeta orientalis, as it’s scientifically known, is a species of stunning stick-mantis hailing from Tanzania and central Africa. These little critters grow -large-, up to 10-12cm. The origin of its colloquial name originates in the angular, feline eyes that appear almost as little ears atop its head. Cat-eye mantis have an extremely impressive deimatic threat display, in which they reveal their gorgeous amber & red wings to deter predators. These mantis do not have particularly demanding environmental needs, making them a wonderful species for inexperienced keepers.