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)
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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
    Black-legged meadow katydid female

    Black-Legged Meadow Katydid

    Orchelimum nigripes
    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.
    Photo of a bold jumping spider.

    Bold Jumper

    Phidippus audax
    Several regal fritillaries feeding on butterfly weed

    Butterflies and Skippers

    More than 700 species in North America north of Mexico
    Chinese mantis

    Chinese Mantis

    Tenodera sinensis (formerly T. aridifolia)
    Photo of an adult damselfly on a twig next to water.

    Damselflies

    Species in the suborder Zygoptera
    Image of a differential grasshopper.

    Differential Grasshopper

    Melanoplus differentialis
    Dogbane beetle resting on a window

    Dogbane Beetle

    Chrysochus auratus
    Photo of a male Banded Pennant dragonfly

    Dragonflies

    Species in the suborder Anisoptera
    Dung beetle rolling a dung ball

    Dung Beetles (Tumblebugs)

    Subfamilies Scarabaeinae and Aphodiinae
    image of Firefly crawling on a leaf

    Fireflies (Lightning Bugs)

    Approx. 175 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of a green crab spider on a leaf

    Foliage Flower Spiders

    Mecaphesa spp. and Misumessus spp.
    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 green crab spider on a leaf

    Green Crab Spider

    Misumessus oblongus (formerly Misumenops oblonga)
    Green June beetle on goldenrod

    Green June Beetle

    Cotinis nitida
    image of Green Lacewing clinging to rock

    Green Lacewings

    About 85 species in North America north of Mexico
    Green stink bug on a leaf

    Green Stink Bug

    Chinavia hilaris (formerly Acrosternum hilare)
    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
    Japanese beetle on a leaf

    Japanese Beetle

    Popillia japonica
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    Invasive

    Common true katydid female on a leaf

    Katydids

    About 250 species in North America north of Mexico
    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.
    Photo of a Luna Moth

    Luna Moth

    Actias luna
    Female Carolina mantis

    Mantids (Mantises)

    Stagomantis carolina, Mantis religiosa, and Tenodera sinensis
    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 a northern crab spider

    Northern Crab Spider

    Mecaphesa asperata
    Pink katydid standing on a milkweed leaf

    Oblong-Winged Katydid

    Amblycorypha oblongifolia
    Peacock fly resting on a thistle leaf

    Peacock Flies (Tephritid Fruit Flies)

    About 300 species in North America north of Mexico
    Acanaloniid planthopper, green, viewed from side

    Planthoppers

    More than 900 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of a rainbow scarab beetle, male.

    Rainbow Scarab

    Phanaeus vindex
    Image of a red-legged grasshopper.

    Red-Legged Grasshopper

    Melanoplus femurrubrum
    image of Sand Wasp perched on sand

    Sand Wasps

    More than 1,200 species in North America north of Mexico
    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
    Photo of a monkey slug caterpillar on an oak leaf

    Slug Caterpillar Moths

    More than 20 species in Missouri
    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 Spiny Oak Slug Moth

    Spiny Oak-Slug Moth

    Euclea delphinii
    image of a Spittlebug and nest on plant stem

    Spittlebugs and Froghoppers

    About 60 species in North America north of Mexico

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