Jagged ambush bug on a plant stem

    Ambush Bugs

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

    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
    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.
    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
    Channel catfish side view photo with black background

    Channel Catfish

    Ictalurus punctatus
    Chinese mantis

    Chinese Mantis

    Tenodera sinensis (formerly T. aridifolia)
    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
    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
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    Elktoe

    Alasmidonta marginata
    Photo of false turkey tail bracket fungus closeup, one showing smooth underside

    False Turkey Tail

    Stereum ostrea
    Photo of a green crab spider on a leaf

    Foliage Flower Spiders

    Mecaphesa spp. and Misumessus spp.
    Photo of a freshwater jellyfish

    Freshwater Jellyfish

    Craspedacusta sowerbii (syn. C. sowerbyi)
    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
    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 a green crab spider on a leaf

    Green Crab Spider

    Misumessus oblongus (formerly Misumenops oblonga)
    Photo of green cracking russula, greenish-capped, gilled mushroom

    Green Cracking Russula

    Russula virescens
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    Edible

    hand holding white, umbrella-shaped mushroom

    Green-Spored Lepiota

    Chlorophyllum molybdites
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    Poisonous

    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
    hellbender, a large brown salamander resting in gravelly streambed

    Hellbender

    Cryptobranchus alleganiensis
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    Endangered

    Hybrid striped bass, or wiper, side view photo with black background

    Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass)

    Morone chrysops x M. saxatilis
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    Hydras

    Various species in the genus Hydra
    Photo of indigo milky, bluish gilled mushroom, with cuts bleeding blue sap

    Indigo Milky

    Lactarius indigo
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    Edible

    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 longjawed orbweaver walking on a plant stalk

    Longjawed Orbweavers

    Tetragnatha spp.
    Female Carolina mantis

    Mantids (Mantises)

    Stagomantis carolina, Mantis religiosa, and Tenodera sinensis
    Photo of a midge fly larva crawling on a rock in an aquarium

    Midge Fly Larvae

    Nearly 1,100 species in North America
    Southern redbelly dace male in spawning colors, side view photo with black background

    Minnows

    Notropis, Cyprinella, Hybognathus, Luxilus, and others
    Image of a Mississippi green watersnake

    Mississippi Green Watersnake

    Nerodia cyclopion
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    Endangered

    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
    Muskellunge side view photo with black background

    Muskellunge

    Esox masquinongy
    Photo of a northern crab spider

    Northern Crab Spider

    Mecaphesa asperata
    Northern Cricket Frog

    Northern Cricket Frog

    Acris crepitans
    Northern pike side view photo with black background

    Northern Pike

    Esox lucius
    Image of a yellow-bellied watersnake

    Plain-Bellied Watersnake

    Nerodia erythrogaster
    Image of a plains spadefoot

    Plains Spadefoot

    Spea bombifrons
    Acanaloniid planthopper, green, viewed from side

    Planthoppers

    More than 900 species in North America north of Mexico
    Newly emerged adult pronghorn clubtail dragonfly perched on a grass stem

    Pronghorn Clubtail

    Phanogomphus graslinellus
    image of Sand Wasp perched on sand

    Sand Wasps

    More than 1,200 species in North America north of Mexico

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