Jagged ambush bug on a plant stem

    Ambush Bugs

    Phymata spp. and others in subfamily Phymatinae (ambush bugs)
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    Venomous

    Image of American Bullfrog

    American Bullfrog

    Lithobates catesbeianus (formerly Rana catesbeiana)
    Image of an american eel

    American Eel

    Anguilla rostrata
    image of Walker's Cicada clinging to a perch

    Annual Cicadas

    Neotibicen spp. (in Missouri) (formerly Tibicen)
    several yellow aphids on plant

    Aphids

    More than 1,300 species in North America north of Mexico
    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 backswimmer, side view

    Backswimmers

    About 32 North American species in the family Notonectidae
    Photo of a belted crayfish, also called Big River crayfish.

    Belted Crayfish (Big River Crayfish)

    Faxonius harrisonii (formerly Orconectes harrisonii)
    Illustration of a male black crappie in spawning coloration.

    Black Crappie

    Pomoxis nigromaculatus
    image of greenbottle fly on carcass

    Blow Flies (Bottle Flies)

    About 84 species in North America.
    Illustration of a male bluegill

    Bluegill

    Lepomis macrochirus
    Image of a bowfin

    Bowfin

    Amia calva
    Image of a brook silverside

    Brook Silverside

    Labidesthes sicculus
    Gray, speckled, translucent gelatinous blob cut in half to show structure

    Bryozoans (Moss Animals)

    Freshwater species in the phylum Bryozoa
    Several regal fritillaries feeding on butterfly weed

    Butterflies and Skippers

    More than 700 species in North America north of Mexico
    Color illustration of Central Mudminnow

    Central Mudminnow

    Umbra limi
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    Endangered

    channel catfish

    Channel Catfish

    Ictalurus punctatus
    Photo of two Chinese mystery snails, on a white background, with a ruler nearby for scale.

    Chinese Mystery Snail

    Cipangopaludina chinensis malleata (syn. Bellamya chinensis)
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    Invasive

    Common Shiner

    Common Shiner

    Luxilus cornutus
    image of a Common True Katydid

    Common True Katydid

    Pterophylla camellifolia
    Photo of crane fly larva

    Crane Fly Larvae

    There are over 500 species of crane flies in North America.
    Image of a creek chub

    Creek Chub

    Semotilus atromaculatus
    Color illustration of Cypress Minnow

    Cypress Minnow

    Hybognathus hayi
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    Endangered

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

    Damselflies

    Species in the suborder Zygoptera
    Image of a differential grasshopper.

    Differential Grasshopper

    Melanoplus differentialis
    Photo of a male Banded Pennant dragonfly

    Dragonflies

    Species in the suborder Anisoptera
    image of Dung Beetle rolling a dung ball

    Dung Beetles (Tumblebugs)

    Subfamilies Scarabaeinae and Aphodiinae
    Eastern gartersnake

    Eastern Gartersnake

    Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis
    Image of a false map turtle

    False Map Turtle

    Graptemys pseudogeographica pseudogeographica
    Photo of false turkey tail bracket fungus closeup, one showing smooth underside

    False Turkey Tail

    Stereum ostrea
    Image of a flier sunfish

    Flier

    Centrarchus macropterus
    Photo of a green crab spider on a leaf

    Foliage Flower Spiders

    Mecaphesa spp. and Misumessus spp.
    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
    puffball mushroom

    Giant Puffball

    Calvatia gigantea (Langermannia gigantea)
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    Edible

    Polyphemus Moth, Belton MO

    Giant Silkworm and Royal Moths

    About 75 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of a golden crayfish viewed through the surface of creek water.

    Golden Crayfish

    Faxonius luteus (formerly Orconectes luteus)
    Image of a golden shiner

    Golden Shiner

    Notemigonus crysoleucas
    Photo of green cracking russula, greenish-capped, gilled mushroom

    Green Cracking Russula

    Russula virescens
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    Edible

    Image of a green frog

    Green Frog

    Lithobates clamitans (formerly Rana clamitans)
    Green June beetle on goldenrod

    Green June Beetle

    Cotinis nitida
    Image of a green treefrog

    Green Treefrog

    Hyla cinerea
    Image of a greenside darter fish

    Greenside Darter

    Etheostoma blennioides
    image of Fiery Searcher on dead leaves

    Ground Beetles

    About 2,400 species in North America north of Mexico
    Color illustration of Harlequin Darter-Male

    Harlequin Darter

    Etheostoma histrio
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    Endangered

    Image of hybrid striped bass or "wiper"

    Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass)

    Morone chrysops x M. saxatilis
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    Hydras

    Various species in the genus Hydra
    Japanese beetle on a leaf

    Japanese Beetle

    Popillia japonica
    Swamp milkweed leaf beetle on a leaf it has chewed on.

    Leaf Beetles

    About 2,000 species in North America
    image of a Leafhopper on leaf

    Leafhoppers

    More than 3,000 species in North America north of Mexico

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