Photo of an Engelmann’s adder’s tongue with a black background

    Adder's Tongues

    Ophioglossum spp.
    Admirable Grasshopper on grass stem

    Admirable Grasshopper

    Syrbula admirabilis
    Jagged ambush bug on a plant stem

    Ambush Bugs

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

    Illustration of American bittersweet leaves, flowers, fruits

    American Bittersweet

    Celastrus scandens
    Photo of an American burying beetle

    American Burying Beetle

    Nicrophorus americanus
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    Endangered

    image of American Carrion Beetle

    American Carrion Beetle

    Necrophila americana
    Photograph of American Crow

    American Crow

    Corvus brachyrhynchos
    Photo of American feverfew flower cluster.

    American Feverfew

    Parthenium integrifolium
    Photo of American ginseng plant with ripe berries

    American Ginseng

    Panax quinquefolius
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    Edible

    Photograph of a male American Goldfinch in breeding plumage

    American Goldfinch

    Spinus tristis
    Photo of an American lady butterfly, wings folded.

    American Lady

    Vanessa virginiensis
    american robin in water

    American Robin

    Turdus migratorius
    Illustration of American smoke tree leaves, flowers, fruits

    American Smoke Tree

    Cotinus obovatus
    image of a Thread-Waisted Wasp

    Ammophila Wasps

    Ammophila spp.
    Andrenid or miner bee collecting pollen on a flower

    Andrenid Bees (Miner Bees)

    More than 1,200 species in North America north of Mexico
    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
    Longhorn bee visiting a flower, viewed from side

    Apid Bees

    About 1,000 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of a female arabesque orbweaver spider

    Arabesque Orbweaver

    Neoscona arabesca
    Photo of an armored harvestman walking on the ground

    Armored Harvestmen

    Members of suborder Laniatores
    Photo of ashy sunflowers showing flowers, leaves, and stems.

    Ashy Sunflower

    Helianthus mollis
    image of Assassin Bug crawling on a leaf

    Assassin Bugs

    Nearly 200 species in North America north of Mexico
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    Venomous

    Illustration of autumn olive leaves, flowers, fruit.

    Autumn Olive

    Elaeagnus umbellata
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    Edible

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    Invasive

    Image of bachman's sparrow

    Bachman's Sparrow

    Peucaea aestivalis (formerly Aimophila aestivalis)
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    Endangered

    Baltimore checkerspot, perched, with wings folded

    Baltimore Checkerspot

    Euphydryas phaeton
    banded or white backed garden spider in web

    Banded Garden Spider

    Argiope trifasciata
    Banded longhorn beetle on a wild rose

    Banded Longhorn

    Typocerus velutinus
    Photo of a Banded Tiger Moth

    Banded Tiger Moth

    Apantesis vittata
    Photo of a spotted orbweaver or barn spider, Neoscona crucifera, with black background

    Barn Spider

    Neoscona crucifera
    Photo of bastard toadflax plant with flowers

    Bastard Toadflax

    Comandra umbellata (formerly C. richardsiana)
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    Edible

    Bats

    About 14 species in Missouri
    Photo of beaked hawkweed flowers.

    Beaked Hawkweed

    Hieracium gronovii
    Photo of a beautiful wood-nymph
    image of Bee Fly on leaf

    Bee Flies

    About 800 species in North America
    Photo of prairie showing big bluestem leaves and flowering stalks

    Big Bluestem

    Andropogon gerardii
    Bird's-Foot Violet

    Bird's-Foot Violet

    Viola pedata
    image of Black Giant Ichneumon Wasp on tree trunk
    Illustration of black hickory compound leaf and fruit.

    Black Hickory

    Carya texana
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    Edible

    Illustration of black locust leaves and flowers.

    Black Locust

    Robinia pseudoacacia
    Illustration of black oak leaf.

    Black Oak

    Quercus velutina
    Photo of two black vultures standing on the ground

    Black Vulture

    Coragyps atratus
    Image of a black widow

    Black Widow Spiders

    Latrodectus mactans and L. variolus
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    Venomous

    Black-and-gold bumble bee visiting wild bergamot flowerhead

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