Jagged ambush bug on a plant stem

    Ambush Bugs

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

    Venomous

    several yellow aphids on plant

    Aphids

    More than 1,300 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of a spotted fishing spider perched on the water's surface amid floating duckweed plants

    Aquatic Spiders

    Dolomedes spp., Tetragnatha spp., and others
    Black bullhead side view photo with black background

    Black Bullhead

    Ameiurus melas
    Gray, speckled, translucent gelatinous blob cut in half to show structure

    Bryozoans (Moss Animals)

    Freshwater species in the phylum Bryozoa
    Several regal fritillaries feeding on butterfly weed

    Butterflies and Skippers

    More than 700 species in North America north of Mexico
    image of a Carolina Grasshopper

    Carolina Grasshopper

    Dissosteira carolina
    Photo of a sod webworm adult moth on a window with hind end propped up

    Crambid Snout Moths

    More than 860 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of an adult damselfly on a twig next to water.

    Damselflies

    Species in the suborder Zygoptera
    Orangethroat darter male in spawning colors, side view photo with black background

    Darters

    Etheostoma, Percina, Ammocrypta, and Crystallaria spp.
    Photo of a male Banded Pennant dragonfly

    Dragonflies

    Species in the suborder Anisoptera
    Eastern gartersnake

    Eastern Gartersnake

    Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis
    Male eastern Hercules beetle walking in grass
    Photo of a long-tailed salamander on a rotten log.

    Eastern Long-Tailed Salamander

    Eurycea longicauda longicauda
    Image of an eastern river cooter (turtle)

    Eastern River Cooter

    Pseudemys concinna concinna
    Photo of an eastern tiger salamander with yellow spots.

    Eastern Tiger Salamander

    Ambystoma tigrinum
    Image of a false map turtle

    False Map Turtle

    Graptemys pseudogeographica pseudogeographica
    Fathead minnow side view photo with black background

    Fathead Minnow

    Pimephales promelas
    Monkey Face Mussel

    Freshwater Mussels

    Bivalve molluscs in order Unionoida
    A wavy-lined emerald moth resting on a glass window

    Geometrid Moths

    About 250 species recorded for Missouri
    Polyphemus Moth, Belton MO

    Giant Silkworm and Royal Moths

    About 75 species in North America north of Mexico
    Goldfish side view photo with black background

    Goldfish

    Carassius auratus
    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
    Hummingbird clearwing taking nectar from a flower

    Hummingbird Clearwing

    Hemaris thysbe
    No photo available

    Hydras

    Various species in the genus Hydra
    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 longpincered crayfish.

    Longpincered Crayfish

    Faxonius longidigitus (formerly Orconectes longidigitus)
    Southern redbelly dace male in spawning colors, side view photo with black background

    Minnows

    Notropis, Cyprinella, Hybognathus, Luxilus, and others
    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 Dagger Moth

    Noctuid Moths

    More than 2,500 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of a plains gartersnake taken in Lakewood, Colorado.

    Plains Gartersnake

    Thamnophis radix
    Acanaloniid planthopper, green, viewed from side

    Planthoppers

    More than 900 species in North America north of Mexico
    image of a White-Headed Prominent moth

    Prominent Moths

    About 50 species recorded from Missouri
    Newly emerged adult pronghorn clubtail dragonfly perched on a grass stem

    Pronghorn Clubtail

    Phanogomphus graslinellus
    image of a Yellow-Fringed Dolichomia Moth

    Pyralid Moths

    More than 680 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of a ramshorn snail on a wet rock.

    Ramshorn Snails

    Gyraulus, Helisoma, Menetus, Micromenetus, Planorbula spp.
    Image of a red-eared slider

    Red-Eared Slider

    Trachemys scripta elegans
    Image of a red-legged grasshopper.

    Red-Legged Grasshopper

    Melanoplus femurrubrum
    image of Sand Wasp perched on sand

    Sand Wasps

    More than 1,200 species in North America north of Mexico
    Male eastern Hercules beetle walking in grass

    Scarab Beetles

    About 1,700 species in North America north of Mexico
    image of a Carolina Grasshopper

    Short-Horned Grasshoppers

    About 620 species in North America
    Southern redbelly dace side view photo with black background

    Southern Redbelly Dace

    Chrosomus erythrogaster (formerly Phoxinus erythrogaster)
    A white-lined sphinx moth sips nectar from a purple locoweed flower

    Sphinx Moths (Hawk Moths)

    More than 50 species in Missouri
    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.
    Elongate-bodied springtail on a brown leaf

    Springtails

    More than 8,000 species globally
    Photo of an adult stonefly on a leaf

    Stoneflies

    Nearly 700 species in North America north of Mexico

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