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    Assassin Bugs

    Nearly 200 species in North America north of Mexico
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    Venomous

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    Bee Flies

    About 800 species in North America
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    Brown Recluse (Violin Spider)

    Loxosceles reclusa
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    Venomous

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    Bryozoans (Moss Animals)

    Freshwater species in the phylum Bryozoa
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    Caddisflies

    Various species in the order Trichoptera
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    Cajun Dwarf Crayfish

    Cambarellus puer
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    Chinese Mantis

    Tenodera aridifolia
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    Click Beetles

    Approximately 1,000 species in North America
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    Crane Flies

    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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    Damselflies

    Species in the suborder Zygoptera
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    Damselfly Larvae

    Species in the suborder Zygoptera
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    Dragonflies

    Species in the suborder Anisoptera
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    Dragonfly Larvae

    Species in the suborder Anisoptera
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    Eastern Dobsonfly

    Corydalus cornutus
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    Fishflies

    Chauliodes, Neohermes, and Nigronia spp. (in eastern US)
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    Fishfly Larvae

    Chauliodes, Neohermes, and Nigronia spp. (in eastern US)
    Monkey Face Mussel

    Freshwater Mussels

    Bivalve molluscs in order Unionoida
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    Gilled Aquatic Snails (Prosobranch Pond Snails)

    Over 20 Missouri species in former subclass Prosobranchia
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    Gray-Speckled Crayfish

    Faxonius palmeri (formerly Orconectes palmeri)
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    Ground Beetles

    About 2,400 species in North America north of Mexico
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    Horse and Deer Flies

    Tabanus, Chrysops, and related genera
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    Horsehair Worms

    About 350 species scientifically described.
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    House Centipedes

    There are several species of house centipedes in the world.
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    Hydras

    Various species in the genus Hydra
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    Ichneumon Wasps

    More than 5,000 species in North America
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    Leaf-Footed Bugs

    Nearly 90 species in North America north of Mexico
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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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    Millipedes

    More than 900 species in North America north of Mexico
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    Ohio Shrimp

    Macrobrachium ohione
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    Owlflies

    There are 8 species in North America
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    Robber Flies

    More than 1,000 species in North America
    Male eastern Hercules beetle walking in grass

    Scarab Beetles

    About 1,700 species in North America north of Mexico.
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    Short-Horned Grasshoppers

    About 620 species in North America
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    Shrimp Crayfish

    Faxonius lancifer (formerly Orconectes lancifer)
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    Stoneflies

    There are hundreds of species in North America
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    Stonefly Larvae

    There are hundreds of species in North America
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    Tiger Beetles

    Subfamily Cicindelinae (about 100 species in North America)
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    Turbellarians (Planarians; Free-Living Flatworms)

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

    Diapheromera femorata, Megaphasma denticrus, and others