Jagged ambush bug on a plant stem

    Ambush Bugs

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

    several yellow aphids on plant

    Aphids

    More than 1,300 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of a bold jumping spider.

    Bold Jumper

    Phidippus audax
    Several regal fritillaries feeding on butterfly weed

    Butterflies and Skippers

    More than 700 species in North America north of Mexico
    Image of a Cecropia moth.

    Cecropia Moth

    Hyalophora cecropia
    Photo of eyed click beetle on bark

    Click Beetles

    Approximately 1,000 species in North America
    Photo of a sod webworm adult moth on a window with hind end propped up

    Crambid Snout Moths

    More than 860 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of a Harvestman, viewed from above

    Daddy Longlegs (Harvestmen)

    About 6,500 species have been named so far, worldwide.
    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
    Image of a red milksnake

    Eastern Milksnake

    Lampropeltis triangulum
    elephant's ear

    Elephantear

    Elliptio crassidens
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    Endangered

    Photo of a falcate orangetip nectaring on a spring beauty flower

    Falcate Orangetip

    Anthocharis midea
    Image of a false morel

    False Morels

    Gyromitra spp. (false morels); Helvella spp. (elfin saddles)
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    Poisonous

    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
    giant floater

    Giant Floater

    Pygandon grandis
    Polyphemus Moth, Belton MO

    Giant Silkworm and Royal Moths

    About 75 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of several prosobranch pond snails crawling on a rock.

    Gilled Aquatic Snails (Prosobranch Pond Snails)

    Over 20 Missouri species in former subclass Prosobranchia
    Great Spangled Fritillary, Wings Spread, nectaring on milkweed flowers
    image of Fiery Searcher on dead leaves

    Ground Beetles

    About 2,400 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of female heptagonal orbweaver in web.
    Hummingbird clearwing taking nectar from a flower

    Hummingbird Clearwing

    Hemaris thysbe
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    Hydras

    Various species in the genus Hydra
    image of an Ichneumon Wasp on tree trunk

    Ichneumon Wasps

    More than 5,000 species in North America
    Seven-spotted lady beetle on a flower

    Lady Beetles (Ladybird Beetles; Ladybugs)

    Nearly 500 species in North America north of Mexico
    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
    Red milkweed beetle eating a common milkweed leaf.

    Longhorned Beetles (Borers; Sawyer Beetles)

    About 1,000 species in North America north of Mexico
    Longnose darter side view photo with black background

    Longnose Darter

    Percina nasuta
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    Endangered

    Photo of mica cap cluster, bell-shaped, brown, capped mushrooms

    Mica Cap

    Coprinellus micaceus (formerly Coprinus micaceus)
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    Edible

    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 a Nessus Sphinx

    Nessus Sphinx

    Amphion floridensis
    image of a Dagger Moth

    Noctuid Moths

    More than 2,500 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of a northern scarletsnake on a rock surface in Georgia.

    Northern Scarletsnake

    Cemophora coccinea copei
    Photo of orange pinwheel marasmius, tiny, orange, pleated, gilled mushroom

    Orange Pinwheel Marasmius

    Marasmius siccus
    Photo of an orchard orbweaver with a black background

    Orchard Orbweaver

    Leucauge venusta
    Photo of a Painted Lady

    Painted Lady

    Vanessa cardui
    Peacock fly resting on a thistle leaf

    Peacock Flies (Tephritid Fruit Flies)

    About 300 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of a picture-winged fly

    Picture-Winged Flies

    About 130 species in North America north of Mexico
    image of a Yellow-Fringed Dolichomia Moth

    Pyralid Moths

    More than 680 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of a red admiral butterfly, wings spread.

    Red Admiral

    Vanessa atalanta
    Photo of a regal fritillary, perched on a flower, wings folded

    Regal Fritillary

    Speyeria idalia
    Photo of resinous polypore, a bracket fungus with rust-colored top

    Resinous Polypore

    Ischnoderma resinosum
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    Edible

    image of Sand Wasp perched on sand

    Sand Wasps

    Numerous species and genera in Missouri
    Male eastern Hercules beetle walking in grass

    Scarab Beetles

    About 1,700 species in North America north of Mexico.
    Image of a silver-spotted skipper

    Silver-Spotted Skipper

    Epargyreus clarus

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