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Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Mantodea
Mantids or Mantises (singular: Mantis) are insects in the order Mantodea, with approximately 2200 species in 15 families. Mantids live in both temperate and tropical habitats. Many species hunt other arthropods, while large species are known to hunt vertebrates on occasion. The term "praying mantis" describes the praying stance of mantids, and may be used to refer to either the whole order or for specific species, usually those in the Mantis genus.


Mantids are usually small, and few reach 30 centimetres.


All mantids are predatory, though most species will only feed on insects and other small invertebrates. A few exceptions do exist, which can and do feed on warm-blooded vertebrates as well as reptiles. None feed on fish in the wild.