Mantodea (or mantises) is an order of insects that contains approximately 2,200 species in 15 families worldwide in temperate and tropical habitats. Mantises have two grasping, spiked forelegs in which prey items are caught and held securely. They are predatory basically feeding on anything smaller then them. Most will sit camouflaged and wait for prey to come near. When prey comes near, the mantis will lash out and while grasping its prey, start eating the animal alive starting with the head.