several yellow aphids on plant

    Aphids

    More than 1,300 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of two ash tree boletes, tan pored mushrooms, one overturned showing pores

    Ash Tree Bolete

    Boletinellus merulioides
    fork and knife icon

    Edible

    image of greenbottle fly on carcass

    Blow Flies (Bottle Flies)

    About 84 species in North America.
    Several regal fritillaries feeding on butterfly weed

    Butterflies and Skippers

    More than 700 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of a spothanded crayfish viewed from above on white background.

    Crayfishes

    About 36 species in Missouri
    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
    Eastern gartersnake

    Eastern Gartersnake

    Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis
    Monkey Face Mussel

    Freshwater Mussels

    Bivalve molluscs in order Unionoida
    Polyphemus Moth, Belton MO

    Giant Silkworm and Royal Moths

    About 75 species in North America north of Mexico
    Greenside darter female, side view photo with black background

    Greenside Darter

    Etheostoma blennioides
    image of Fiery Searcher on dead leaves

    Ground Beetles

    About 2,400 species in North America north of Mexico
    Hummingbird clearwing taking nectar from a flower

    Hummingbird Clearwing

    Hemaris thysbe
    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 leech

    Leeches

    Various species in the subclass Hirudinea
    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 longpincered crayfish.

    Longpincered Crayfish

    Faxonius longidigitus (formerly Orconectes longidigitus)
    Forage looper moth perched on a brick wall, viewed from side

    Moths

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

    Niangua Darter

    Etheostoma nianguae
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    Endangered

    image of a Dagger Moth

    Noctuid Moths

    More than 2,500 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of an Ozark crayfish.

    Ozark Crayfish

    Faxonius ozarkae (formerly Orconectes ozarkae)
    image of a Yellow-Fringed Dolichomia Moth

    Pyralid Moths

    More than 680 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of a ramshorn snail on a wet rock.

    Ramshorn Snails

    Gyraulus, Helisoma, Menetus, Micromenetus, Planorbula spp.
    Illustration of a redfin darter male in breeding colors.

    Redfin Darter

    Etheostoma whipplei
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    Endangered

    Photo of a ringed crayfish.

    Ringed Crayfish

    Faxonius neglectus (formerly Orconectes neglectus)
    Photo of a saddleback crayfish.

    Saddleback Crayfish

    Faxonius medius (formerly Orconectes medius)
    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
    A white-lined sphinx moth sips nectar from a purple locoweed flower

    Sphinx Moths (Hawk Moths)

    More than 50 species in Missouri
    image of a Spittlebug and nest on plant stem

    Spittlebugs and Froghoppers

    About 60 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of a spothanded crayfish viewed through creekwater.

    Spothanded Crayfish

    Faxonius punctimanus (formerly Orconectes punctimanus)
    Elongate-bodied springtail on a brown leaf

    Springtails

    More than 8,000 species globally
    Green stink bug on a leaf

    Stink Bugs

    In North America, more than 200 species in 64 genera.
    Image of a sweat bee

    Sweat Bees

    Numerous species and genera in Missouri
    Three-toed box turtle

    Three-Toed Box Turtle

    Terrapene carolina triunguis
    Photo of a northern, also called virile, crayfish.

    Virile Crayfish (Northern Crayfish)

    Faxonius virilis (formerly Oronectes virilis)
    Warmouth

    Warmouth

    Lepomis gulosus
    image of Cocklebur Weevil

    Weevils (Snout Beetles; Bark Beetles)

    About 2,500 species in North America north of Mexico
    painted turtle

    Western Painted Turtle

    Chrysemys picta bellii
    Photo of Williams' crayfish.

    Williams’ Crayfish

    Faxonius williamsi (formerly Orconectes williamsi)