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    Arkansas Brokenray

    Lampsilis reeveiana
    Arkansas darter, female, side view photo with black background

    Arkansas Darter

    Etheostoma cragini
    Photo of two ash tree boletes, tan pored mushrooms, one overturned showing pores

    Ash Tree Bolete

    Boletinellus merulioides
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    Edible

    Photo of a meloe blister beetle, female, on ground

    Blister Beetles

    More than 400 species in North America north of Mexico
    image of greenbottle fly on carcass

    Blow Flies (Bottle Flies)

    About 84 species in North America.
    Male blue dasher dragonfly perched on the tip of a twig, with dew on its wings

    Blue Dasher

    Pachydiplax longipennis
    Photo of Broad-headed skink on ground among leaves

    Broad-Headed Skink

    Plestiodon laticeps
    Several regal fritillaries feeding on butterfly weed

    Butterflies and Skippers

    More than 700 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of a coldwater crayfish.

    Coldwater Crayfish

    Faxonius eupunctus (formerly Orconectes eupunctus)
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    Endangered

    Common buckeye butterfly nectaring on a flower, wings spread

    Common Buckeye

    Junonia coenia
    Image of a five-lined skink

    Common Five-Lined Skink

    Plestiodon fasciatus
    Photo of an adult damselfly on a twig next to water.

    Damselflies

    Species in the suborder Zygoptera
    Orangethroat darter male in spawning colors, side view photo with black background

    Darters

    Etheostoma, Percina, Ammocrypta, and Crystallaria spp.
    Photo of a male Banded Pennant dragonfly

    Dragonflies

    Species in the suborder Anisoptera
    Photo of an eastern tiger swallowtail resting with wings spread open
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    Ellipse and Bleedingtooth

    Venustaconcha ellipsiformis and V. pleasii
    Long-legged wasp grasping a wolf spider while clinging to house siding

    Entypus Spider Wasps

    Entypus aratus, E. unifasciatus, E. fulvicornis, and others
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    Fatmucket

    Lampsilis siliquoidea
    Monkey Face Mussel

    Freshwater Mussels

    Bivalve molluscs in order Unionoida
    A wavy-lined emerald moth resting on a glass window

    Geometrid Moths

    About 250 species recorded for Missouri
    Polyphemus Moth, Belton MO

    Giant Silkworm and Royal Moths

    About 75 species in North America north of Mexico
    image of Fiery Searcher on dead leaves

    Ground Beetles

    About 2,400 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of a male Io Moth

    Io Moth

    Automeris io
    Swamp milkweed leaf beetle on a leaf it has chewed on.

    Leaf Beetles

    About 2,000 species in North America
    Orange-patched smoky moth resting on the edge of a leaf

    Leaf Skeletonizer Moths (Smoky Moths)

    About 25 species in North America north of Mexico
    image of a Leafhopper on leaf

    Leafhoppers

    More than 3,000 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of a longpincered crayfish.

    Longpincered Crayfish

    Faxonius longidigitus (formerly Orconectes longidigitus)
    Southern redbelly dace male in spawning colors, side view photo with black background

    Minnows

    Notropis, Cyprinella, Hybognathus, Luxilus, and others
    Forage looper moth perched on a brick wall, viewed from side

    Moths

    More than 12,000 species in North America north of Mexico
    image of Black-and-Yellow Mud Dauber

    Mud Daubers

    Three genera: Sceliphron, Trypoxylon, and Chalybion
    Niangua darter female, side view photo with black background

    Niangua Darter

    Etheostoma nianguae
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    Endangered

    Orangethroat darter female, side view photo with black background

    Orangethroat Darter

    Etheostoma spectabile
    Acanaloniid planthopper, green, viewed from side

    Planthoppers

    More than 900 species in North America north of Mexico
    Image of a prairie ring-necked snake

    Prairie Ring-Necked Snake

    Diadophis punctatus arnyi
    Photo of a red-banded hairstreak

    Red-Banded Hairstreak

    Calycopis cecrops
    Photo of a Red-Spotted Purple with wings closed, showing ventral side of wings

    Red-Spotted Purple

    Limenitis arthemis
    Redfin darter side view photo with black background

    Redfin Darter

    Etheostoma whipplei
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    Endangered

    Blue-winged wasp viewed from above, showing wrinkled surface of wings

    Scoliid Wasps

    About 20 species in North America north of Mexico
    photo of juvenile southern coal skink

    Southern Coal Skink

    Plestiodon anthracinus pluvialis
    A white-lined sphinx moth sips nectar from a purple locoweed flower

    Sphinx Moths (Hawk Moths)

    More than 50 species in Missouri
    Glossy black spider wasp manipulating paralyzed spider

    Spider Wasps

    About 300 species in North America north of Mexico
    Elongate-bodied springtail on a brown leaf

    Springtails

    More than 8,000 species globally
    Adult salt marsh moth resting on a vertical plant stem

    Tiger and Lichen Moths

    Subfamily Arctiinae (formerly a family)
    image of Six-Spotted Tiger Beetle crawling on dead leaves

    Tiger Beetles

    Subfamily Cicindelinae (about 100 species in North America)
    Photo of big cluster of turkey tails, bracket fungus with concentric color rings

    Turkey Tail

    Trametes versicolor
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    Edible

    Photo of a northern, also called virile, crayfish.

    Virile Crayfish (Northern Crayfish)

    Faxonius virilis (formerly Oronectes virilis)
    Photo of a Yellow-Collared Scape Moth

    Yellow-Collared Scape Moth

    Cisseps fulvicollis