Mantodea are better known as ‘preying mantids’ due to their folded forelimbs. In total there are some 2428 species in 19 families.
Mantids are diurnal (daytime) predators, with males generally smaller than females.
Characteristics of mantids include:
Tegmina are leathery front wings that act as protection, camouflage and display. © Archaeodontosaurus