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

    Photo of a Banded Tiger Moth

    Banded Tiger Moth

    Apantesis vittata
    Photo of a Black-and-Yellow Lichen Moth
    Image of black-legged meadow katydid

    Black-Legged Meadow Katydid

    Orchelimum nigripes
    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.
    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 Chickweed Geometer

    Chickweed Geometer

    Haematopis grataria
    magnified chigger

    Chiggers

    Trombicula alfreddugesi and other Trombicula spp. (syn. Eutrombicula)
    Common buckeye butterfly nectaring on a flower, wings spread

    Common Buckeye

    Junonia coenia
    Coral hairstreak butterfly on butterfly weed flowers

    Coral Hairstreak

    Satyrium titus (syn. Harkenclenus titus)
    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
    image of Firefly crawling on a leaf

    Fireflies (Lightning Bugs)

    Approx. 175 species in North America north of Mexico
    image of a Flower Fly on a flower

    Flower Flies (Syrphids)

    Nearly 900 species in North America
    Polyphemus Moth, Belton MO

    Giant Silkworm and Royal Moths

    About 75 species in North America north of Mexico
    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
    image of an Ichneumon Wasp on tree trunk

    Ichneumon Wasps

    More than 5,000 species in North America
    Photo of a male Io Moth

    Io Moth

    Automeris io
    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
    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 a magdalen underwing moth

    Magdalen Underwing

    Catocala illecta
    image of Narceus Millipede crawling across gravel

    Millipedes

    More than 900 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 an orchard orbweaver with a black background

    Orchard Orbweaver

    Leucauge venusta
    Photo of a Painted Lichen Moth

    Painted Lichen Moth

    Hypoprepia fucosa
    Photo of a periodical cicada shown from the side.

    Periodical Cicadas

    Magicicada spp.
    Photo of a Polyphemus Moth

    Polyphemus Moth

    Antheraea polyphemus
    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 red-banded hairstreak

    Red-Banded Hairstreak

    Calycopis cecrops
    Image of a red-legged grasshopper.

    Red-Legged Grasshopper

    Melanoplus femurrubrum
    Male eastern Hercules beetle walking in grass

    Scarab Beetles

    About 1,700 species in North America north of Mexico.
    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
    A white-lined sphinx moth sips nectar from a purple locoweed flower

    Sphinx Moths (Hawk Moths)

    More than 50 species in Missouri
    Glossy black spider wasp manipulating paralyzed spider

    Spider Wasps

    About 300 species in North America north of Mexico
    image of a Spittlebug and nest on plant stem

    Spittlebugs and Froghoppers

    About 60 species in North America north of Mexico
    Elongate-bodied springtail on a brown leaf

    Springtails

    More than 8,000 species globally

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