Jagged ambush bug on a plant stem

    Ambush Bugs

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

    Photo of a spotted fishing spider perched on the water's surface amid floating duckweed plants

    Aquatic Spiders

    Dolomedes spp., Tetragnatha spp., and others
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    Backswimmers

    About 32 North American species in the family Notonectidae
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    Blow Flies (Bottle Flies)

    About 84 species in North America.
    Gray, speckled, translucent gelatinous blob cut in half to show structure

    Bryozoans (Moss Animals)

    Freshwater species in the phylum Bryozoa
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    Chinese Mystery Snail

    Cipangopaludina chinensis malleata (syn. Bellamya chinensis)
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    Invasive

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    Common True Katydid

    Pterophylla camellifolia
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    Crane Fly Larvae

    There are over 500 species of crane flies in North America.
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    Crayfishes

    About 36 species in Missouri
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    Differential Grasshopper

    Melanoplus differentialis
    Monkey Face Mussel

    Freshwater Mussels

    Bivalve molluscs in order Unionoida
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    Ground Beetles

    About 2,400 species in North America north of Mexico
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    Hydras

    Various species in the genus Hydra
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    Japanese Beetle

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

    Leaf Beetles

    About 2,000 species in North America
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    Leafhoppers

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

    Various species in the subclass Hirudinea
    Red milkweed beetle eating a common milkweed leaf.

    Longhorned Beetles (Borers; Sawyer Beetles)

    About 1,000 species in North America north of Mexico
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    Longjawed Orbweavers

    Tetragnatha spp.
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    Midge Fly Larvae

    Nearly 1,100 species in North America
    Photo of an orchard orbweaver with a black background

    Orchard Orbweaver

    Leucauge venusta
    Citrus flatid planthopper on twig

    Planthoppers

    More than 900 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of a predaceous diving beetle

    Predaceous Diving Beetles (Water Tigers)

    Species in the beetle family Dytiscidae
    Photo of a ramshorn snail on a wet rock.

    Ramshorn Snails

    Gyraulus, Helisoma, Menetus, Micromenetus, Planorbula spp.
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    Red-Legged Grasshopper

    Melanoplus femurrubrum
    Male eastern Hercules beetle walking in grass

    Scarab Beetles

    About 1,700 species in North America north of Mexico.
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    Spittlebugs and Froghoppers

    About 60 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of a spotted orbweaver or barn spider, Neoscona crucifera, with black background

    Spotted Orbweavers

    Neoscona spp.
    photo of a male reddish-brown stag beetle

    Stag Beetles

    About 24 species in North America north of Mexico
    Green stink bug on a leaf

    Stink Bugs

    In North America, more than 200 species in 64 genera.
    Photo of an adult stonefly on a leaf

    Stoneflies

    There are hundreds of species in North America
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    Sweat Bees

    Numerous species and genera in Missouri
    Two-marked treehopper clinging to a stem

    Treehoppers

    More than 260 species in North America North of Mexico
    Photo of a pink planarian on a rock.

    Turbellarians (Planarians; Free-Living Flatworms)

    Species in genera Dugesia, Planaria, etc.
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    Walkingsticks (Stick Insects)

    Diapheromera femorata, Megaphasma denticrus, and others
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    Weevils (Snout Beetles; Bark Beetles)

    About 2,500 species in North America north of Mexico
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    Whitebanded Crab Spider

    Misumenoides formosipes