Photo of an American lady butterfly, wings folded.

    American Lady

    Vanessa virginiensis
    American snout butterfly resting with wings folded

    American Snout

    Libytheana carinent
    image of Walker's Cicada clinging to a perch

    Annual Cicadas

    Neotibicen spp. (in Missouri) (formerly Tibicen)
    Photo of adult antlion with wings spread

    Antlion Adults

    More than 100 species in North America north of Mexico
    image of Antlion Larva on rock

    Antlion Larvae (Doodlebug Larvae)

    More than 100 species in North America north of Mexico
    Acrobat ants on a leaf

    Ants

    More than 700 species in North America
    several yellow aphids on plant

    Aphids

    More than 1,300 species in North America north of Mexico
    image of Assassin Bug crawling on a leaf

    Assassin Bugs

    Nearly 200 species in North America north of Mexico
    Venomous Icon

    Venomous

    image of Bald-faced Hornet on Goldenrod

    Bald-Faced Hornet

    Dolichovespula maculata
    Baltimore checkerspot, perched, with wings folded

    Baltimore Checkerspot

    Euphydryas phaeton
    Photo of a beautiful wood-nymph
    image of Bee Fly on leaf

    Bee Flies

    About 800 species in North America
    Photo of a meloe blister beetle, female, on ground

    Blister Beetles

    More than 400 species in North America north of Mexico
    image of greenbottle fly on carcass

    Blow Flies (Bottle Flies)

    About 84 species in North America.
    Bronze copper butterfly perched on a grass blade, wings closed

    Bronze Copper

    Lycaena hyllus (syn. Hyllolycaena hyllus; Lycaena thoe)
    photo of bumblebee on a wild rose flower

    Bumble Bees

    Bombus spp.
    Several regal fritillaries feeding on butterfly weed

    Butterflies and Skippers

    More than 700 species in North America north of Mexico
    Image of Tomentose Burying Beetle crawling on the ground

    Carrion Beetles (Burying Beetles)

    Nicrophorus, Necrophila, Necrodes, and other Silphid genera
    Image of a Cecropia moth.

    Cecropia Moth

    Hyalophora cecropia
    Photo of a Celery Looper taking nectar from a flower

    Celery Looper

    Anagrapha falcifera
    Photo of eyed click beetle on bark

    Click Beetles

    Approximately 1,000 species in North America
    Common buckeye butterfly nectaring on a flower, wings spread

    Common Buckeye

    Junonia coenia
    Photo of a common wood-nymph butterfly

    Common Wood Nymph

    Cercyonis pegala
    Coral hairstreak butterfly on butterfly weed flowers

    Coral Hairstreak

    Satyrium titus (syn. Harkenclenus titus)
    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
    image of Crane Fly clinging to a twig

    Crane Flies

    There are over 500 species of crane flies in North America.
    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 dark fishing spider standing on a rubber tire.

    Dark Fishing Spider

    Dolomedes tenebrosus
    Image of a differential grasshopper.

    Differential Grasshopper

    Melanoplus differentialis
    Photo of a male Banded Pennant dragonfly

    Dragonflies

    Species in the suborder Anisoptera
    image of Dung Beetle rolling a dung ball

    Dung Beetles (Tumblebugs)

    Subfamilies Scarabaeinae and Aphodiinae
    Photo of a female and male European earwig on a dead leaf.

    Earwigs

    Forficula auricularia, Euborellia anulipes, and others.
    Photo of an eastern comma butterfly, wings spread, showing dorsal side of wings

    Eastern Comma

    Polygonia comma
    image of an Eastern Tent Caterpillar Moth

    Eastern Tent Caterpillar Moth

    Malacosoma americana
    Photo of an eastern tiger swallowtail resting with wings spread open
    Photo of two bagworm bags on red cedar

    Evergreen Bagworm Moth

    Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis
    Photo of an adult female field cricket

    Field Crickets (House Crickets)

    Gryllus spp., Acheta domesticus, and relatives
    filmy dome spider

    Filmy Dome Spider

    Neriene radiata (formerly Prolinyphia marginata)
    image of Firefly crawling on a leaf

    Fireflies (Lightning Bugs)

    Approx. 175 species in North America north of Mexico
    image of a Black-Waved Flannel Moth resting on a leaf

    Flannel Moths

    Eleven species in North America north of Mexico
    image of a Flower Fly on a flower

    Flower Flies (Syrphids)

    Nearly 900 species in North America
    Photo of a green crab spider on a leaf

    Foliage Flower Spiders

    Mecaphesa spp. and Misumessus spp.
    Photo of a furrow orbweaver hanging head down with a green background

    Furrow Orbweavers

    Larinioides spp.
    A wavy-lined emerald moth resting on a glass window

    Geometrid Moths

    About 250 species recorded for Missouri
    Polyphemus Moth, Belton MO

    Giant Silkworm and Royal Moths

    About 75 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of a Giant Swallowtail, Wings Spread

    Giant Swallowtail

    Papilio cresphontes
    Goatweed leafwing perched on a tree trunk with wings closed

    Goatweed Leafwing

    Anaea andria
    Gray comma perched on a flower, winged closed

    Gray Comma

    Polygonia progne

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