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    Assassin Bugs

    Nearly 200 species in North America north of Mexico
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    Venomous

    Photo of a meloe blister beetle, female, on ground

    Blister Beetles

    More than 400 species in North America north of Mexico
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    Blow Flies (Bottle Flies)

    About 84 species in North America.
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    Cajun Dwarf Crayfish

    Cambarellus puer
    Camel cricket (cave cricket)

    Camel Crickets (Cave Crickets)

    About 150 species in North America north of Mexico
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    Crayfishes

    About 36 species in Missouri
    Photo of an adult damselfly on a twig next to water.

    Damselflies

    Species in the suborder Zygoptera
    Photo of a male Banded Pennant dragonfly

    Dragonflies

    Species in the suborder Anisoptera
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    Ellipse and Bleedingtooth

    Venustaconcha ellipsiformis and V. pleasii
    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
    A metallic green sweat bee gathering pollen on a yellow flowerhead

    Halictid Bees (Sweat Bees)

    More than 500 species in North America north of Mexico
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    Ichneumon Wasps

    More than 5,000 species in North America

    Land Snails and Slugs

    Approx. 150 species of land snails and slugs in Missouri
    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
    Narceus Millipede crawling across gravel

    Millipedes

    More than 900 species in North America north of Mexico
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    Mydas Flies

    About 80 species in North America
    Photo of an Ozark crayfish.

    Ozark Crayfish

    Faxonius ozarkae (formerly Orconectes ozarkae)
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    Pink Mucket

    Lampsilis abrupta
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    Endangered

    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
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    Saddleback Crayfish

    Faxonius medius (formerly Orconectes medius)
    Male eastern Hercules beetle walking in grass

    Scarab Beetles

    About 1,700 species in North America north of Mexico
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    Seed Bugs

    About 80 species in North America north of Mexico
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    Short-Horned Grasshoppers

    About 620 species in North America
    A reddish centipede crawls over a rock

    Soil Centipedes

    Estimated 4,000 species globally
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    Soldier Beetles

    Nearly 500 species in North America north of Mexico
    image of a Stilt-Legged Fly on a leaf

    Stilt-Legged Flies

    About 30 species in North America north of Mexico
    Tan stink bug on dead leaves

    Stink Bugs

    In North America, more than 200 species in 64 genera.
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    Tan Jumping Spider

    Platycriptus undatus
    Photo of an aquatic tubificid worm among rocks in an aquarium.

    Tubificid Worms (Tubifex Worms)

    Tubifex spp. and other aquatic tubificid annelids
    Photo of Williams' crayfish.

    Williams’ Crayfish

    Faxonius williamsi (formerly Orconectes williamsi)
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    Woodland Crayfish

    Faxonius hylas (formerly Orconectes hylas)
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    Xystodesmid Millipedes

    8 tribes, with about 23 genera, in North America north of Mexico