[To the Rolling Stones' I Miss You] Look that mantis eat a fly/ You'll never she her cry/ Lord I hate you. Mother Nature she's the Ma'am/ She just doesn't give a damn/ She will kill you.
Be careful when you go around smelling flowers now, you never know when that pretty pink thing is actually a mantis looking to strangle your nostrils to death. Like this Orchid Mantis. It looks like a perfect pink orchid but is actually a mantis in disguise that strangles the hell out of its prey.
All it takes is a display of repetitive stupidity to make an animal endearing. See: Dogs chasing laser pointers; cats swatting at bugs through glass; and this here praying mantis, misunderstanding the modern cursor metaphor. Stupid mantis! (I love you.)