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    Assassin Bugs

    Nearly 200 species in North America north of Mexico
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    Venomous

    Photo of a meloe blister beetle, female, on ground

    Blister Beetles

    More than 400 species in North America north of Mexico
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    Blow Flies (Bottle Flies)

    About 84 species in North America.
    Photo of a spothanded crayfish viewed from above on white background.

    Crayfishes

    About 36 species in Missouri
    Monkey Face Mussel

    Freshwater Mussels

    Bivalve molluscs in order Unionoida
    image of Fiery Searcher on dead leaves

    Ground Beetles

    About 2,400 species in North America north of Mexico
    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
    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

    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
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    Leafhoppers

    More than 3,000 species in North America north of Mexico
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    Leeches

    Various species in the subclass Hirudinea
    Red milkweed beetle eating a common milkweed leaf.

    Longhorned Beetles (Borers; Sawyer Beetles)

    About 1,000 species in North America north of Mexico
    Marbled orbweaver spider in web

    Marbled Orbweaver

    Araneus marmoreus
    Photo of a midge fly larva crawling on a rock in an aquarium

    Midge Fly Larvae

    Nearly 1,100 species in North America
    Narceus Millipede crawling across gravel

    Millipedes

    More than 900 species in North America north of Mexico
    mosquito resting on a white fabric

    Mosquitoes

    About 50 species of mosquitoes in Missouri
    Tachinid fly visiting a mint flower

    Parasitic Flies (Tachinid Flies)

    About 1,350 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
    image of a Spittlebug and nest on plant stem

    Spittlebugs and Froghoppers

    About 60 species in North America north of Mexico
    Tan stink bug on dead leaves

    Stink Bugs

    In North America, more than 200 species in 64 genera.
    Photo of a tan jumping spider

    Tan Jumping Spider

    Platycriptus undatus
    Photo of an aquatic tubificid worm among rocks in an aquarium.

    Tubificid Worms (Tubifex Worms)

    Tubifex spp. and other aquatic tubificid annelids
    Cryptorhynchus weevil viewed from side

    Weevils (Snout Beetles; Bark Beetles)

    About 2,500 species in North America north of Mexico