Photo of an alderfly larva among rocks and gravel in an aquarium.

    Alderfly Larvae

    Sialis spp.
    Photo of a blusher, a tan gilled mushroom, showing injured spot turning rust red

    Amanitas

    Amanita spp. (about 600 species, worldwide)
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    Poisonous

    Jagged ambush bug on a plant stem

    Ambush Bugs

    Phymata spp. and others in subfamily Phymatinae (ambush bugs)
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    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
    image of Assassin Bug crawling on a leaf

    Assassin Bugs

    Nearly 200 species in North America north of Mexico
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    Venomous

    image of Bee Fly on leaf

    Bee Flies

    About 800 species in North America
    Photo of Berkeley's polypore, fresh, young specimen.

    Berkeley’s Polypore

    Bondarzewia berkeleyi
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    Edible

    Photo of black-staining polypore, a mushroom with tan, wavy, fan-shaped caps

    Black-Staining Polypore

    Meripilus sumstinei (formerly M. giganteus)
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    Edible

    Photo of a meloe blister beetle, female, on ground

    Blister Beetles

    More than 400 species in North America north of Mexico
    Image of a broad-banded watersnake

    Broad-Banded Watersnake

    Nerodia fasciata confluens
    Closeup of brown recluse spider on floor.

    Brown Recluse (Violin Spider)

    Loxosceles reclusa
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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
    Several regal fritillaries feeding on butterfly weed

    Butterflies and Skippers

    More than 700 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of a Cabbage White

    Cabbage White

    Pieris rapae
    image of Caddisfly on leaf

    Caddisflies

    Various species in the order Trichoptera
    Photo of caddisfly larva with case made of detritus

    Caddisfly Larvae

    Various species in the order Trichoptera
    Photo of a cellar spider in her cobweb with egg sac

    Cellar Spiders

    Pholcus, Psilochorus, and others in the Pholcid family
    Photo of a common house spider, egg sac, and web

    Common House Spider

    Parasteatoda tepidariorum (syn. Achaeranea tepidariorum)
    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
    image of Crane Fly clinging to a twig

    Crane Flies

    There are over 500 species of crane flies in North America.
    Photo of crane fly larva

    Crane Fly Larvae

    There are over 500 species of crane flies in North America.
    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
    Orangethroat darter male in spawning colors, side view photo with black background

    Darters

    Etheostoma, Percina, Ammocrypta, and Crystallaria spp.
    Diamond-Backed Watersnake

    Diamond-Backed Watersnake

    Nerodia rhombifer
    Photo of a male Banded Pennant dragonfly

    Dragonflies

    Species in the suborder Anisoptera
    Photo of an eastern hog-nosed snake.

    Eastern Hog-Nosed Snake

    Heterodon platirhinos
    Eastern musk turtle (stinkpot)

    Eastern Musk Turtle

    Sternotherus odoratus
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    Elktoe

    Alasmidonta marginata
    Photo of a falcate orangetip nectaring on a spring beauty flower

    Falcate Orangetip

    Anthocharis midea
    Photo of a featherlegged orbweaver and egg case on a leaf

    Featherlegged Orbweaver

    Uloborus glomosus
    Photo of a fishfly larva crawling among rocks in an aquarium.

    Fishfly Larvae

    Chauliodes, Neohermes, and Nigronia spp. (in eastern US)
    image of a Black-Waved Flannel Moth resting on a leaf

    Flannel Moths

    Eleven species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of a green crab spider on a leaf

    Foliage Flower Spiders

    Mecaphesa spp. and Misumessus spp.
    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
    Photo of several prosobranch pond snails crawling on a rock.

    Gilled Aquatic Snails (Prosobranch Pond Snails)

    Over 20 Missouri species in former subclass Prosobranchia
    Golden redhorse side view photo with black background

    Golden Redhorse

    Moxostoma erythrurum
    Goldfish side view photo with black background

    Goldfish

    Carassius auratus
    Photo of a gray-speckled crayfish.

    Gray-Speckled Crayfish

    Faxonius palmeri (formerly Orconectes palmeri)
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    Great Plains Skink

    Plestiodon obsoletus
    image of Fiery Searcher on dead leaves

    Ground Beetles

    About 2,400 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of a Xysticus crab spider, tan individual

    Ground Crab Spiders

    Xysticus spp.
    Photograph of a half-free morel mushroom

    Half-Free Morel

    Morchella punctipes (formerly M. semilibera)
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    Edible

    Photo of hen of the woods, large round mass of grayish mushrooms

    Hen of the Woods (Maitake)

    Grifola frondosa
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    Edible

    Photo of female heptagonal orbweaver in web.

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