Jagged ambush bug on a plant stem

    Ambush Bugs

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

    American eel side view photo with black background

    American Eel

    Anguilla rostrata
    several yellow aphids on plant

    Aphids

    More than 1,300 species in North America north of Mexico
    Black bullhead side view photo with black background

    Black Bullhead

    Ameiurus melas
    Several regal fritillaries feeding on butterfly weed

    Butterflies and Skippers

    More than 700 species in North America north of Mexico
    Common shiner side view photo with black background

    Common Shiner

    Luxilus cornutus
    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
    Crystal darter side view photo with black background

    Crystal Darter

    Crystallaria asprella
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    Endangered

    Cypress minnow side view photo with black background

    Cypress Minnow

    Hybognathus hayi
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    Endangered

    Photo of an adult damselfly on a twig next to water.

    Damselflies

    Species in the suborder Zygoptera
    Photo of a male Banded Pennant dragonfly

    Dragonflies

    Species in the suborder Anisoptera
    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
    puffball mushroom

    Giant Puffball

    Calvatia gigantea (Langermannia gigantea)
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    Edible

    Polyphemus Moth, Belton MO

    Giant Silkworm and Royal Moths

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

    Goldeye

    Hiodon alosoides
    Grass carp side view photo with black background

    Grass Carp

    Ctenopharyngodon idella
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    Invasive

    Image of a green treefrog

    Green Treefrog

    Hyla cinerea
    image of Fiery Searcher on dead leaves

    Ground Beetles

    About 2,400 species in North America north of Mexico
    Harlequin darter side view photo with black background

    Harlequin Darter

    Etheostoma histrio
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    Endangered

    Hummingbird clearwing taking nectar from a flower

    Hummingbird Clearwing

    Hemaris thysbe
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    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
    Mooneye side view photo with black background

    Mooneye

    Hiodon tergisus
    Forage looper moth perched on a brick wall, viewed from side

    Moths

    More than 12,000 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of multicolor gill polypore, a colorfully zoned bracket fungus on a log

    Multicolor Gill Polypore

    Lenzites betulina
    image of a Dagger Moth

    Noctuid Moths

    More than 2,500 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of an orchard orbweaver with a black background

    Orchard Orbweaver

    Leucauge venusta
    image of a Yellow-Fringed Dolichomia Moth

    Pyralid Moths

    More than 680 species in North America north of Mexico
    Sabine shiner side view photo with black background

    Sabine Shiner

    Notropis sabinae
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    Endangered

    image of Sand Wasp perched on sand

    Sand Wasps

    Numerous species and genera in Missouri
    Male eastern Hercules beetle walking in grass

    Scarab Beetles

    About 1,700 species in North America north of Mexico.
    Shorthead redhorse side view photo with black background

    Shorthead Redhorse

    Moxostoma macrolepidotum
    Snuffbox

    Snuffbox

    Epioblasma triquetra
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    Endangered

    image of a Spittlebug and nest on plant stem

    Spittlebugs and Froghoppers

    About 60 species in North America north of Mexico
    Elongate-bodied springtail on a brown leaf

    Springtails

    More than 8,000 species globally
    Taillight shiner male in spawning colors, side view photo with black background

    Taillight Shiner

    Notropis maculatus
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    Endangered

    Two-marked treehopper clinging to a stem

    Treehoppers

    More than 260 species in North America North of Mexico
    Photo of a pink planarian on a rock.

    Turbellarians (Planarians; Free-Living Flatworms)

    Species in genera Dugesia, Planaria, etc.
    Photo of big cluster of turkey tails, bracket fungus with concentric color rings

    Turkey Tail

    Trametes versicolor
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    Edible

    Tussock moth resting on a wooden board

    Tussock Moths

    About 30 species in subfamily Lymantriinae (formerly a family) in North America
    White sucker side view photo with black background

    White Sucker

    Catostomus commersonii
    White-Lined Sphinx Moth

    White-Lined Sphinx

    Hyles lineata
    Photo of a whitebanded crab spider, yellow individual, on ox-eye daisy flower

    Whitebanded Crab Spider

    Misumenoides formosipes