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 meloe blister beetle, female, on ground

    Blister Beetles

    More than 400 species in North America north of Mexico
    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 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
    Eastern gartersnake

    Eastern Gartersnake

    Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis
    Image of a false map turtle

    False Map Turtle

    Graptemys pseudogeographica pseudogeographica
    image of Firefly crawling on a leaf

    Fireflies (Lightning Bugs)

    Approx. 175 species in North America north of Mexico
    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 a golden crayfish viewed through the surface of creek water.

    Golden Crayfish

    Faxonius luteus (formerly Orconectes luteus)
    image of Fiery Searcher on dead leaves

    Ground Beetles

    About 2,400 species in North America north of Mexico
    No photo available

    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
    Photo of a long-tailed salamander on a rotten log.

    Long-Tailed Salamander

    Eurycea longicauda longicauda
    Red milkweed beetle eating a common milkweed leaf.

    Longhorned Beetles (Borers; Sawyer Beetles)

    About 1,000 species in North America north of Mexico
    Southern redbelly dace male in spawning colors, side view photo with black background

    Minnows

    Notropis, Cyprinella, Hybognathus, Luxilus, and others
    Forage looper moth perched on a brick wall, viewed from side

    Moths

    More than 12,000 species in North America north of Mexico
    Muskellunge side view photo with black background

    Muskellunge

    Esox masquinongy
    Photo of an orchard orbweaver with a black background

    Orchard Orbweaver

    Leucauge venusta
    Photo of an ornate box turtle walking.

    Ornate Box Turtle

    Terrapene ornata ornata
    Photo of a plains gartersnake taken in Lakewood, Colorado.

    Plains Gartersnake

    Thamnophis radix
    Citrus flatid planthopper on twig

    Planthoppers

    More than 900 species in North America north of Mexico
    pond mussel

    Pond Mussel

    Ligumia subrostrata
    Rainbow darter female side view photo with black background

    Rainbow Darter

    Etheostoma caeruleum
    Image of a red-eared slider

    Red-Eared Slider

    Trachemys scripta elegans
    Image of a red-legged grasshopper.

    Red-Legged Grasshopper

    Melanoplus femurrubrum
    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.
    image of a Carolina Grasshopper

    Short-Horned Grasshoppers

    About 620 species in North America
    Image of a six-lined racerunner lizard

    Six-Lined Racerunner

    Aspidoscelis sexlineatus
    A white-lined sphinx moth sips nectar from a purple locoweed flower

    Sphinx Moths (Hawk Moths)

    More than 50 species in Missouri
    Photo of a Spicebush Swallowtail, Male, Wings Spread

    Spicebush Swallowtail

    Pterourus troilus
    image of a Spittlebug and nest on plant stem

    Spittlebugs and Froghoppers

    About 60 species in North America north of Mexico
    Spotted bass side view photo with black background

    Spotted Bass

    Micropterus punctulatus
    Photo of a spotted orbweaver or barn spider, Neoscona crucifera, with black background

    Spotted Orbweavers

    Neoscona spp.
    Elongate-bodied springtail on a brown leaf

    Springtails

    More than 8,000 species globally
    Photo of an adult stonefly on a leaf

    Stoneflies

    There are hundreds of species in North America
    Image of a sweat bee

    Sweat Bees

    Numerous species and genera in Missouri
    threeridge

    Threeridge

    Amblema plicata
    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
    fork and knife icon

    Edible

    Photo of a collared water scavenger beetle showing back.

    Water Scavenger Beetles

    Beetles in the family Hydrophilidae
    image of Cocklebur Weevil

    Weevils (Snout Beetles; Bark Beetles)

    About 2,500 species in North America north of Mexico

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