Jagged ambush bug on a plant stem

    Ambush Bugs

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

    Acrobat ants on a leaf

    Ants

    More than 700 species in North America
    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
    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

    Various species in the order Trichoptera
    Photo of a cellar spider in her cobweb with egg sac

    Cellar Spiders

    Pholcus, Psilochorus, and others in the Pholcid family
    Photo of a common house spider, egg sac, and web

    Common House Spider

    Parasteatoda tepidariorum (syn. Achaeranea tepidariorum)
    Photo of a Harvestman, viewed from above

    Daddy Longlegs (Harvestmen)

    About 6,500 species have been named so far, worldwide.
    Photo of several prosobranch pond snails crawling on a rock.

    Gilled Aquatic Snails (Prosobranch Pond Snails)

    Over 20 Missouri species in former subclass Prosobranchia
    Photo of a goldenrod crab spider, whitish individual, on native aster flower

    Goldenrod Crab Spider

    Misumena vatia
    Photo of a Xysticus crab spider, tan individual

    Ground Crab Spiders

    Xysticus spp.
    Photo of female heptagonal orbweaver in web.
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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
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    Leafcutter Bees

    Species in the genus Megachile.
    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
    Photo of pulmonate snail crawling on rock

    Lunged Aquatic Snails (Pulmonate Pond Snails)

    Over 30 Missouri species in former subclass Pulmonata
    image of Narceus Millipede crawling across gravel

    Millipedes

    More than 900 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of an orchard orbweaver with a black background

    Orchard Orbweaver

    Leucauge venusta
    Citrus flatid planthopper on twig

    Planthoppers

    More than 900 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of a ramshorn snail on a wet rock.

    Ramshorn Snails

    Gyraulus, Helisoma, Menetus, Micromenetus, Planorbula spp.
    Male eastern Hercules beetle walking in grass

    Scarab Beetles

    About 1,700 species in North America north of Mexico.
    Photo of amphipod on a rock

    Scuds and Sideswimmers (Amphipods)

    Species in the crustacean order Amphipoda
    Photo of a firebrat, a type of silverfish

    Silverfish (Firebrat)

    Lepisma saccharina, Thermobia domestica, and other species
    A reddish centipede crawls over a rock

    Soil Centipedes

    There are many species of soil centipedes in our state.
    image of Soldier Beetle on Goldenrod

    Soldier Beetles

    Nearly 500 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of female spiny-bellied orbweaver (spined micrathena) on a leaf

    Spined Micrathena

    Micrathena gracilis
    image of a Spittlebug and nest on plant stem

    Spittlebugs and Froghoppers

    About 60 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of a spotted orbweaver or barn spider, Neoscona crucifera, with black background

    Spotted Orbweavers

    Neoscona spp.
    Image of a sweat bee

    Sweat Bees

    Numerous species and genera in Missouri
    American dog tick crawling on a person's skin

    Ticks

    Three common Missouri species.
    Photo of a trashline orbweaver, closeup

    Trashline Orbweavers

    Cyclosa conica and C. turbinata
    Two-marked treehopper clinging to a stem

    Treehoppers

    More than 260 species in North America North of Mexico
    Photo of a pink planarian on a rock.

    Turbellarians (Planarians; Free-Living Flatworms)

    Species in genera Dugesia, Planaria, etc.
    image of Cocklebur Weevil

    Weevils (Snout Beetles; Bark Beetles)

    About 2,500 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of a whitebanded crab spider, yellow individual, on ox-eye daisy flower

    Whitebanded Crab Spider

    Misumenoides formosipes