Photo of a blusher, a tan gilled mushroom, showing injured spot turning rust red

    Amanitas

    Amanita spp. (about 600 species, worldwide)
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    Poisonous

    several yellow aphids on plant

    Aphids

    More than 1,300 species in North America north of Mexico
    Arkansas darter, female, side view photo with black background

    Arkansas Darter

    Etheostoma cragini
    Photo of two ash tree boletes, tan pored mushrooms, one overturned showing pores

    Ash Tree Bolete

    Boletinellus merulioides
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    Edible

    Two Asian lady beetles, one orange with several black spots, the other red with no spots

    Asian Lady Beetle

    Harmonia axyridis
    image of Assassin Bug crawling on a leaf

    Assassin Bugs

    Nearly 200 species in North America north of Mexico
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    Venomous

    Photo of two gigantic red false morels, cut and laying on a ground

    Big Red False Morel

    Gyromitra caroliniana
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    Poisonous

    Photo of cluster of bleeding mycenas, small, capped, reddish mushrooms

    Bleeding Mycena

    Mycena haematopus
    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 Broad-headed skink on ground among leaves

    Broad-Headed Skink

    Plestiodon laticeps
    Several regal fritillaries feeding on butterfly weed

    Butterflies and Skippers

    More than 700 species in North America north of Mexico
    Camel cricket (cave cricket)

    Camel Crickets (Cave Crickets)

    About 150 species in North America north of Mexico
    Image of a Cecropia moth.

    Cecropia Moth

    Hyalophora cecropia
    Common buckeye butterfly nectaring on a flower, wings spread

    Common Buckeye

    Junonia coenia
    Image of a five-lined skink

    Common Five-Lined Skink

    Plestiodon fasciatus
    Coral hairstreak butterfly on butterfly weed flowers

    Coral Hairstreak

    Satyrium titus (syn. Harkenclenus titus)
    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
    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
    Photo of an elegant stinkhorn mushroom, a pink column covered with brown slime

    Elegant Stinkhorn

    Mutinus elegans
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    Edible

    ellipse

    Ellipse and Bleedingtooth

    Venustaconcha ellipsiformis and V. pleasii
    Image of a false morel

    False Morels

    Gyromitra spp. (false morels); Helvella spp. (elfin saddles)
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    Poisonous

    Monkey Face Mussel

    Freshwater Mussels

    Bivalve molluscs in order Unionoida
    Photo of gabled false morel, a floppy, orange club fungus

    Gabled False Morel

    Gyromitra brunnea
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    Poisonous

    Polyphemus Moth, Belton MO

    Giant Silkworm and Royal Moths

    About 75 species in North America north of Mexico
    Goldfish side view photo with black background

    Goldfish

    Carassius auratus
    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
    Photo of cluster of hairy rubber cup mushrooms, cup fungi with orangish centers

    Hairy Rubber Cup

    Galiella rufa (formerly Bulgaria rufa)
    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
    Photograph of several hexagonal-pored polypores, tan bracket fungi

    Hexagonal-Pored Polypore

    Polyporus alveolaris (formerly Favolus alveolaris)
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    Edible

    image of a Honey Locust Moth

    Honey Locust Moth

    Syssphinx bicolor (syn. Sphingicampa bicolor)
    Photo of Hubbs' crayfish.

    Hubbs' Crayfish

    Cambarus hubbsi
    image of an Ichneumon Wasp on tree trunk

    Ichneumon Wasps

    More than 5,000 species in North America
    Photo of a male Io Moth

    Io Moth

    Automeris io
    Seven-spotted lady beetle on a flower

    Lady Beetles (Ladybird Beetles; Ladybugs)

    Nearly 500 species in North America north of Mexico

    Land Snails and Slugs

    Approx. 150 species of land snails and slugs in Missouri
    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
    Photo of ling chih, a shiny, hard, rust-colored bracket fungus, growing on tree

    Ling Chih (Lingzhi; Reishi Mushroom)

    Ganoderma sessile (formerly G. lucidum)
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    Edible

    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)
    Photo of a magdalen underwing moth

    Magdalen Underwing

    Catocala illecta
    Photo of a Mammoth Spring crayfish.

    Mammoth Spring Crayfish

    Faxonius marchandi (formerly Orconectes marchandi)
    Marbled orbweaver spider in web

    Marbled Orbweaver

    Araneus marmoreus

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