Photo of an alcohol inky mushroom cut in half lengthwise.

    Alcohol Inky

    Coprinopsis atramentaria (formerly Coprinus atramentarius)
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    Edible

    Photo of a meloe blister beetle, female, on ground

    Blister Beetles

    More than 400 species in North America north of Mexico
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    Blow Flies (Bottle Flies)

    About 84 species in North America.
    Bluefer

    Bluefer (Purpleshell)

    Potamilus purpuratus
    Bronze copper butterfly perched on a grass blade, wings closed

    Bronze Copper

    Lycaena hyllus (syn. Hyllolycaena hyllus; Lycaena thoe)
    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
    Photo of a male Banded Pennant dragonfly

    Dragonflies

    Species in the suborder Anisoptera
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    Elephantear

    Elliptio crassidens
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    Endangered

    Monkey Face Mussel

    Freshwater Mussels

    Bivalve molluscs in order Unionoida
    image of Fiery Searcher on dead leaves

    Ground Beetles

    About 2,400 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of a male Io Moth

    Io Moth

    Automeris io
    image of a Leafhopper on leaf

    Leafhoppers

    More than 3,000 species in North America north of Mexico
    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 mourning cloak butterfly perched on a strand of barbed wire.

    Mourning Cloak

    Nymphalis antiopa
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    Pink Heelsplitter

    Potamilus alatus
    pink papershell

    Pink Papershell

    Potamilus ohiensis
    Photograph of Purple Wartyback freshwater mussel shell exterior view
    image of a Yellow-Fringed Dolichomia Moth

    Pyralid Moths

    More than 680 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of a Question Mark

    Question Mark

    Polygonia interrogationis
    Photo of a Red-Spotted Purple with wings closed, showing ventral side of wings

    Red-Spotted Purple

    Limenitis arthemis
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    Scaleshell

    Leptodea leptodon
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    Endangered

    Photo of silvery-violet cort, a gray, gilled mushroom, dug up and lying on grass

    Silvery-Violet Cort

    Cortinarius alboviolaceus
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    Spike (Ladyfinger)

    Elliptio dilatata
    image of a Spiny Oak Slug Moth

    Spiny Oak-Slug Moth

    Euclea delphinii
    image of Six-Spotted Tiger Beetle crawling on dead leaves

    Tiger Beetles

    Subfamily Cicindelinae (about 100 species in North America)
    Photo of several violet toothed polypores, violet-gray bracket fungi

    Violet Toothed Polypore

    Trichaptum biforme
    Photo of violet-gray bolete, purplish capped mushroom with pores beneath cap

    Violet-Gray Bolete

    Tylopilus plumbeoviolaceus
    Photo of a western wormsnake on a white background.

    Western Wormsnake

    Carphophis vermis