banded or white backed garden spider in web

    Banded Garden Spider

    Argiope trifasciata
    Illustration of a male black crappie in spawning coloration.

    Black Crappie

    Pomoxis nigromaculatus
    Several regal fritillaries feeding on butterfly weed

    Butterflies and Skippers

    More than 700 species in North America north of Mexico
    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 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
    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
    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
    Hummingbird clearwing taking nectar from a flower

    Hummingbird Clearwing

    Hemaris thysbe
    Lace bugs on a leaf

    Lace Bugs

    About 165 species in North American north of Mexico
    Swamp milkweed leaf beetle on a leaf it has chewed on.

    Leaf Beetles

    About 2,000 species in North America
    Red milkweed beetle eating a common milkweed leaf.

    Longhorned Beetles (Borers; Sawyer Beetles)

    About 1,000 species in North America north of Mexico
    A black salamander with dark silver bands on its tail walks on a concrete pad.

    Marbled Salamander

    Ambystoma opacum
    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 Dagger Moth

    Noctuid Moths

    More than 2,500 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of an orchard orbweaver with a black background

    Orchard Orbweaver

    Leucauge venusta
    image of a Yellow-Fringed Dolichomia Moth

    Pyralid Moths

    More than 680 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of a regal fritillary, perched on a flower, wings folded

    Regal Fritillary

    Speyeria idalia
    Image of a silver-spotted skipper

    Silver-Spotted Skipper

    Epargyreus clarus
    Photo of a firebrat, a type of silverfish

    Silverfish (Firebrat)

    Lepisma saccharina, Thermobia domestica, and other species
    Elongate-bodied springtail on a brown leaf

    Springtails

    More than 8,000 species globally
    illustration of a striped bass, side view

    Striped Bass

    Morone saxatilis
    Photo of a Summer Azure

    Summer Azure

    Celastrina neglecta
    Color illustration of Taillight Shiner

    Taillight Shiner

    Notropis maculatus
    exclamation mark

    Endangered

    image of an Eastern Tent Caterpillar Moth

    Tent Caterpillar And Lappet Moths

    About 35 species in North America north of Mexico
    dogbane tiger moth

    Tiger and Lichen Moths

    Subfamily Arctiinae (formerly a family)
    image of Six-Spotted Tiger Beetle crawling on dead leaves

    Tiger Beetles

    Subfamily Cicindelinae (about 100 species in North America)
    Tortricid moth resting on a leaf

    Tortricid Moths

    About 1,400 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of big cluster of turkey tails, bracket fungus with concentric color rings

    Turkey Tail

    Trametes versicolor
    fork and knife icon

    Edible

    Image of a red velvet ant

    Velvet Ants

    Numerous species in Missouri
    Photo of a single water strider

    Water Striders

    Aquarius remigis; also species in the genus Gerris
    Image of white crappie

    White Crappie

    Pomoxis annularis