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 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
    Photo of an aquatic isopod in an aquarium, crawling on a rock.

    Aquatic Pillbugs and Sowbugs (Aquatic Isopods)

    Freshwater members of the crustacean order Isopoda
    Photo of a female arabesque orbweaver spider

    Arabesque Orbweaver

    Neoscona arabesca
    Two Asian lady beetles, one orange with several black spots, the other red with no spots

    Asian Lady Beetle

    Harmonia axyridis
    image of Assassin Bug crawling on a leaf

    Assassin Bugs

    Nearly 200 species in North America north of Mexico
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    Venomous

    Photo of backswimmer, side view

    Backswimmers

    About 32 North American species in the family Notonectidae
    image of a Toad Bug

    Big-Eyed Toad Bug

    Gelastocoris oculatus
    Gray, speckled, translucent gelatinous blob cut in half to show structure

    Bryozoans (Moss Animals)

    Freshwater species in the phylum Bryozoa
    image of Caddisfly on leaf

    Caddisflies

    About 1,500 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of a cellar spider in her cobweb with egg sac

    Cellar Spiders

    Pholcus, Psilochorus, and others in the Pholcid family
    magnified chigger

    Chiggers

    Trombicula alfreddugesi and other Trombicula spp. (syn. Eutrombicula)
    Photo of two Chinese mystery snails, on a white background, with a ruler nearby for scale.

    Chinese Mystery Snail

    Cipangopaludina chinensis malleata (syn. Bellamya chinensis)
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    Invasive

    Citrus flatid planthopper on twig

    Citrus Flatid Planthopper

    Metcalfa pruinosa
    Click beetle resting on a brick wall

    Click Beetles

    Approximately 1,000 species in North America
    image of Cocklebur Weevil

    Cocklebur Weevil

    Rhodobaenus quinquepunctatus
    Wood cockroach crawling on tree

    Cockroaches and Termites

    About 100 species of cockroaches and termites in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of a common house spider, egg sac, and web

    Common House Spider

    Parasteatoda tepidariorum (syn. Achaeranea tepidariorum)
    image of a Common True Katydid

    Common True Katydid

    Pterophylla camellifolia
    Convergent lady beetle crawling on a leaf

    Convergent Lady Beetle

    Hippodamia convergens
    Photo of a Harvestman, viewed from above

    Daddy Longlegs (Harvestmen)

    About 6,500 species have been named so far, worldwide.
    Dogwood spittlebug resting on the edge of a leaf

    Dogwood Spittlebug

    Clastoptera proteus
    Photo of a featherlegged orbweaver and egg case on a leaf

    Featherlegged Orbweaver

    Uloborus glomosus
    Photo of an adult female field cricket

    Field Crickets

    Gryllus spp., Acheta domesticus, and other in subfamily Gryllinae
    filmy dome spider

    Filmy Dome Spider

    Neriene radiata (formerly Prolinyphia marginata)
    Photo of a green crab spider on a leaf

    Foliage Flower Spiders

    Mecaphesa spp. and Misumessus spp.
    Four-spotted lady beetle on a leaf

    Four-Spotted Lady Beetle

    Brachiacantha quadripunctata
    Photo of a freshwater jellyfish

    Freshwater Jellyfish

    Craspedacusta sowerbii (syn. C. sowerbyi)
    Photo of several prosobranch pond snails crawling on a rock.

    Gilled Aquatic Snails (Prosobranch Pond Snails)

    Over 20 Missouri species in former subclass Prosobranchia
    Golden tortoise beetle on a leaf

    Golden Tortoise Beetle

    Charidotella sexpunctata
    Photo of a goldenrod crab spider, whitish individual, on native aster flower

    Goldenrod Crab Spider

    Misumena vatia
    Photo of a green crab spider on a leaf

    Green Crab Spider

    Misumessus oblongus (formerly Misumenops oblonga)
    image of Green Lacewing clinging to rock

    Green Lacewings

    About 85 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of a Xysticus crab spider, tan individual

    Ground Crab Spiders

    Xysticus spp.
    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
    Photo of female heptagonal orbweaver in web.
    No photo available

    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
    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

    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
    photo of a leafcutter bee

    Leafcutter Bees

    Megachile spp.
    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

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