Jagged ambush bug on a plant stem

    Ambush Bugs

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

    image of Walker's Cicada clinging to a perch

    Annual Cicadas

    Neotibicen spp. (in Missouri) (formerly Tibicen)
    several yellow aphids on plant

    Aphids

    More than 1,300 species in North America north of Mexico
    banded or white backed garden spider in web

    Banded Garden Spider

    Argiope trifasciata
    Image of a black widow

    Black Widow Spiders

    Latrodectus mactans and L. variolus
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    Venomous

    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
    Photo of a Cabbage White

    Cabbage White

    Pieris rapae
    Image of a Cecropia moth.

    Cecropia Moth

    Hyalophora cecropia
    image of a Checkered White, Twigs

    Checkered White

    Pontia protodice
    Photo of eyed click beetle on bark

    Click Beetles

    Approximately 1,000 species in North America
    image of a Clouded Sulphur on a wildflower

    Clouded Sulphur

    Colias philodice
    Photo of a Common Checkered Skipper
    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
    Photo of an Eight-Spotted Forester on a flower

    Eight-Spotted Forester

    Alypia octomaculata
    Adult fall webworm moth resting on a leaf

    Fall Webworm Moth

    Hyphantria cunea
    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
    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
    image of an Ichneumon Wasp on tree trunk

    Ichneumon Wasps

    More than 5,000 species in North America
    Lace bugs on a leaf

    Lace Bugs

    About 165 species in North American north of Mexico
    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
    Photo of a leaffolder moth visiting a flower

    Leaffolder Moths

    Desmia spp.
    image of a Leafhopper on leaf

    Leafhoppers

    More than 3,000 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of a little yellow nectaring on a native aster flower

    Little Yellow

    Pyrisitia lisa (syn. Eurema lisa)
    Red milkweed beetle eating a common milkweed leaf.

    Longhorned Beetles (Borers; Sawyer Beetles)

    About 1,000 species in North America north of Mexico
    image of Mosquito

    Mosquitoes

    There are about 50 species of mosquitoes in our state.
    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 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
    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
    Photo of a silvery checkerspot, Wings Folded

    Silvery Checkerspot

    Chlosyne nycteis
    Photo of an unidentified grass skipper

    Skippers

    About 275 species in North America north of Mexico

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