- Order: Mantodea; Burmeister, 1838
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Class: Insecta
- Scientific name: Mantodea
- Phylum: Arthropoda
- Eats: Insect, Grasshopper, Cricket, Beetle, Blattodea, Lepidoptera
Mantises are an order of insects that contains over 2,400 species in about 430 genera in 15 families. The largest family is the Mantidae. Mantises are distributed worldwide in temperate and tropical habitats. They have triangular heads with bulging eyes supported on flexible necks.