Acrobat ants on a leaf

    Ants

    More than 700 species in North America
    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
    image of Assassin Bug crawling on a leaf

    Assassin Bugs

    Nearly 200 species in North America north of Mexico
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    Venomous

    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
    Image of Chinese mantis.

    Chinese Mantis

    Tenodera aridifolia
    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

    Photo of eyed click beetle on bark

    Click Beetles

    Approximately 1,000 species in North America
    image of a Common True Katydid

    Common True Katydid

    Pterophylla camellifolia
    Photo of an adult female field cricket

    Field Crickets (House Crickets)

    Gryllus spp., Acheta domesticus, and relatives
    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
    image of Green Lacewing clinging to rock

    Green Lacewings

    About 85 species in North America north of Mexico
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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

    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

    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 a predaceous diving beetle

    Predaceous Diving Beetles (Water Tigers)

    Species in the beetle family Dytiscidae
    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
    Squash bug on sand

    Squash Bugs

    Anasa tristis and other Anasa spp.
    Green stink bug on a leaf

    Stink Bugs

    In North America, more than 200 species in 64 genera.
    Image of a sweat bee

    Sweat Bees

    Numerous species and genera in Missouri
    Photo of a pink planarian on a rock.

    Turbellarians (Planarians; Free-Living Flatworms)

    Species in genera Dugesia, Planaria, etc.
    Photo of a northern walkingstick on autumn dogwood leaves

    Walkingsticks (Stick Insects)

    Diapheromera femorata, Megaphasma denticrus, and others
    image of a Wheel Bug, Side View

    Wheel Bug

    Arilus cristatus
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    Venomous

    Zebra Mussel

    Zebra Mussel

    Dreissena polymorpha
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    Invasive