Admirable Grasshopper on grass stem

    Admirable Grasshopper

    Syrbula admirabilis
    Jagged ambush bug on a plant stem

    Ambush Bugs

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

    Venomous

    Image of American Bullfrog

    American Bullfrog

    Lithobates catesbeianus (formerly Rana catesbeiana)
    American eel side view photo with black background

    American Eel

    Anguilla rostrata
    image of Walker's Cicada clinging to a perch

    Annual Cicadas

    Neotibicen spp. (in Missouri) (formerly Tibicen)
    several yellow aphids on plant

    Aphids

    More than 1,300 species in North America north of Mexico
    brokenray

    Arkansas Brokenray

    Lampsilis reeveiana
    Arkansas darter, female, side view photo with black background

    Arkansas Darter

    Etheostoma cragini
    Photo of two ash tree boletes, tan pored mushrooms, one overturned showing pores

    Ash Tree Bolete

    Boletinellus merulioides
    fork and knife icon

    Edible

    Photo of backswimmer, side view

    Backswimmers

    About 32 North American species in the family Notonectidae
    Photo of a belted crayfish, also called Big River crayfish.

    Belted Crayfish (Big River Crayfish)

    Faxonius harrisonii (formerly Orconectes harrisonii)
    Black bullhead side view photo with black background

    Black Bullhead

    Ameiurus melas
    Black crappie, male in spawning colors, side view photo with black background

    Black Crappie

    Pomoxis nigromaculatus
    Photo of a meloe blister beetle, female, on ground

    Blister Beetles

    More than 400 species in North America north of Mexico
    image of greenbottle fly on carcass

    Blow Flies (Bottle Flies)

    About 84 species in North America.
    Bluefer

    Bluefer (Purpleshell)

    Potamilus purpuratus
    Bowfin side view photo with black background

    Bowfin

    Amia calva
    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
     Central mudminnow side view photo with black background

    Central Mudminnow

    Umbra limi
    exclamation mark

    Endangered

    Channel catfish side view photo with black background

    Channel Catfish

    Ictalurus punctatus
    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)
    invasive icon

    Invasive

    Photo of a coldwater crayfish.

    Coldwater Crayfish

    Faxonius eupunctus (formerly Orconectes eupunctus)
    exclamation mark

    Endangered

    Photo of crane fly larva

    Crane Fly Larvae

    There are over 500 species of crane flies in North America.
    Photo of an adult damselfly on a twig next to water.

    Damselflies

    Species in the suborder Zygoptera
    deertoe

    Deertoe

    Truncilla truncata
    Image of a differential grasshopper.

    Differential Grasshopper

    Melanoplus differentialis
    Photo of a male Banded Pennant dragonfly

    Dragonflies

    Species in the suborder Anisoptera
    image of Dung Beetle rolling a dung ball

    Dung Beetles (Tumblebugs)

    Subfamilies Scarabaeinae and Aphodiinae
    Duskystripe shiner male in spawning colors, side view photo with black background

    Duskystripe Shiner

    Luxilus pilsbryi
    Image of an eastern collared lizard

    Eastern Collared Lizard

    Crotaphytus collaris
    Eastern gartersnake

    Eastern Gartersnake

    Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis
    elephant's ear

    Elephantear

    Elliptio crassidens
    exclamation mark

    Endangered

    ellipse

    Ellipse and Bleedingtooth

    Venustaconcha ellipsiformis and V. pleasii
    Image of a false map turtle

    False Map Turtle

    Graptemys pseudogeographica pseudogeographica
    Photo of false turkey tail bracket fungus closeup, one showing smooth underside

    False Turkey Tail

    Stereum ostrea
    fatmucket

    Fatmucket

    Lampsilis siliquoidea
    image of Firefly crawling on a leaf

    Fireflies (Lightning Bugs)

    Approx. 175 species in North America north of Mexico
    Flier side view photo with black background

    Flier

    Centrarchus macropterus
    Photo of a green crab spider on a leaf

    Foliage Flower Spiders

    Mecaphesa spp. and Misumessus spp.
    fragile papershell

    Fragile Papershell

    Leptodea fragilis
    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
    giant floater

    Giant Floater

    Pygandon grandis
    Polyphemus Moth, Belton MO

    Giant Silkworm and Royal Moths

    About 75 species in North America north of Mexico
    Image of a gray treefrog

    Gray Treefrog and Cope’s Gray Treefrog

    Hyla versicolor and H. chrysoscelis
    Image of a great plains toad

    Great Plains Toad

    Anaxyrus cognatus
    Photo of green cracking russula, greenish-capped, gilled mushroom

    Green Cracking Russula

    Russula virescens
    fork and knife icon

    Edible

    Image of a green frog

    Green Frog

    Lithobates clamitans (formerly Rana clamitans)
    Green June beetle on goldenrod

    Green June Beetle

    Cotinis nitida

Pages