Jagged ambush bug on a plant stem

    Ambush Bugs

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

    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
    Photo of arrow-shaped micrathena spider

    Arrowshaped Micrathena

    Micrathena sagittata
    image of Assassin Bug crawling on a leaf

    Assassin Bugs

    Nearly 200 species in North America north of Mexico
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    Venomous

    Baltimore checkerspot, perched, with wings folded

    Baltimore Checkerspot

    Euphydryas phaeton
    Photo of a Banded Tiger Moth

    Banded Tiger Moth

    Apantesis vittata
    Photo of a beautiful wood-nymph
    image of Bee Fly on leaf

    Bee Flies

    About 800 species in North America
    Photo of a Black-and-Yellow Lichen Moth
    Photo of a meloe blister beetle, female, on ground

    Blister Beetles

    More than 400 species in North America north of Mexico
    photo of bumblebee on a wild rose flower

    Bumble Bees

    Bombus spp.
    Several regal fritillaries feeding on butterfly weed

    Butterflies and Skippers

    More than 700 species in North America north of Mexico
    image of Caddisfly on leaf

    Caddisflies

    Various species in the order Trichoptera
    Image of Tomentose Burying Beetle crawling on the ground

    Carrion Beetles (Burying Beetles)

    Nicrophorus, Necrophila, Necrodes, and other Silphid genera
    magnified chigger

    Chiggers

    Trombicula alfreddugesi and other Trombicula spp. (syn. Eutrombicula)
    Photo of a female scorpionfly perched on a leaf.
    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 a Harvestman, viewed from above

    Daddy Longlegs (Harvestmen)

    About 6,500 species have been named so far, worldwide.
    Photo of an adult damselfly on a twig next to water.

    Damselflies

    Species in the suborder Zygoptera
    Photo of a Delaware Skipper

    Delaware Skipper

    Anatrytone logan
    Photo of a male Banded Pennant dragonfly

    Dragonflies

    Species in the suborder Anisoptera
    Photo of an eastern tiger swallowtail resting with wings spread open
    Photo of male and female European wood wasps on pine stump

    European Wood Wasp (Sirex Woodwasp)

    Sirex noctilio
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    Invasive

    Photo of a falcate orangetip nectaring on a spring beauty flower

    Falcate Orangetip

    Anthocharis midea
    image of a Feather-Legged Fly

    Feather-Legged Flies

    Trichopoda spp.
    image of a Fiery Skipper, Wings Spread

    Fiery Skipper

    Hylephila phyleus
    image of Firefly crawling on a leaf

    Fireflies (Lightning Bugs)

    Approx. 175 species in North America north of Mexico
    image of a Black-Waved Flannel Moth resting on a leaf

    Flannel Moths

    Eleven species in North America north of Mexico
    image of a Flower Fly on a flower

    Flower Flies (Syrphids)

    Nearly 900 species in North America
    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
    Great Spangled Fritillary, Wings Spread, nectaring on milkweed flowers
    Green June beetle on goldenrod

    Green June Beetle

    Cotinis nitida
    image of Fiery Searcher on dead leaves

    Ground Beetles

    About 2,400 species in North America north of Mexico
    image of a Honey Locust Moth

    Honey Locust Moth

    Syssphinx bicolor (syn. Sphingicampa bicolor)
    Image of a honeybee worker.

    Honeybee

    Apis mellifera
    Photo of a Pigeon Tremex Horntail

    Horntails

    About 28 species in North America
    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
    Leaf-footed bug on a leaf

    Leaf-Footed Bugs

    Nearly 90 species in North America north of Mexico
    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

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