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Photo of fragrant sumac plant with berries

The red, hairy fruits of fragrant sumac mature May–July.

Male regal fritillaries begin to emerge in early June; the females emerge a few days later. These butterflies have a single, but very long brood: eggs won’t be laid until early fall.

Photo of an eastern tiger salamander with yellow spots.

Tiger salamander aquatic larvae transform into land-dwelling subadults from late July to early September.

Image of a green treefrog

Male green treefrogs chorus in southeast Missouri from early May through early August. Call is a measured, nasal quank, quank, quank series, normally not heard until after sundown. The call is a noticeable part of the nighttime sounds of our cypress swamps.

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Aquatic Invertebrates

Aquatic Invertebrates

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Butterflies and Moths

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Fishes

Land Invertebrates

Land Invertebrates

Mammals

Mammals

Mushrooms

Mushrooms

Reptiles and Amphibians

Reptiles and Amphibians

Trees, Shrubs and Woody Vines

Trees, Shrubs and Woody Vines

Wildflowers, Grasses and Other Nonwoody Plants

Wildflowers, Grasses and Other Nonwoody Plants