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 an american eel

    American Eel

    Anguilla rostrata
    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
    Illustration of a male black crappie in spawning coloration.

    Black Crappie

    Pomoxis nigromaculatus
    Several regal fritillaries feeding on butterfly weed

    Butterflies and Skippers

    More than 700 species in North America north of Mexico
    Color illustration of Central Mudminnow

    Central Mudminnow

    Umbra limi
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    Endangered

    Common Shiner

    Common Shiner

    Luxilus cornutus
    Photo of a sod webworm adult moth on a window with hind end propped up

    Crambid Snout Moths

    More than 860 species in North America north of Mexico
    Color illustration of Crystal Darter

    Crystal Darter

    Crystallaria asprella
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    Endangered

    Color illustration of Cypress Minnow

    Cypress Minnow

    Hybognathus hayi
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    Endangered

    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
    Photo of a green crab spider on a leaf

    Foliage Flower Spiders

    Mecaphesa spp. and Misumessus spp.
    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
    puffball mushroom

    Giant Puffball

    Calvatia gigantea (Langermannia gigantea)
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    Edible

    Polyphemus Moth, Belton MO

    Giant Silkworm and Royal Moths

    About 75 species in North America north of Mexico
    Image of grass carp

    Grass Carp

    Ctenopharyngodon idella
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    Invasive

    Photo of green cracking russula, greenish-capped, gilled mushroom

    Green Cracking Russula

    Russula virescens
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    Edible

    Image of a green treefrog

    Green Treefrog

    Hyla cinerea
    image of Fiery Searcher on dead leaves

    Ground Beetles

    About 2,400 species in North America north of Mexico
    Color illustration of Harlequin Darter-Male

    Harlequin Darter

    Etheostoma histrio
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    Endangered

    Hummingbird clearwing taking nectar from a flower

    Hummingbird Clearwing

    Hemaris thysbe
    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
    lilliput

    Lilliput

    Toxolasma parvus
    Red milkweed beetle eating a common milkweed leaf.

    Longhorned Beetles (Borers; Sawyer Beetles)

    About 1,000 species in North America north of Mexico
    midland smooth softshell

    Midland Smooth Softshell

    Apalone mutica mutica
    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 multicolor gill polypore, a colorfully zoned bracket fungus on a log

    Multicolor Gill Polypore

    Lenzites betulina
    image of a Dagger Moth

    Noctuid Moths

    More than 2,500 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of an orchard orbweaver with a black background

    Orchard Orbweaver

    Leucauge venusta
    image of a Yellow-Fringed Dolichomia Moth

    Pyralid Moths

    More than 680 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of an aging Ravenel's stinkhorn, a column-shaped fungus with dark spores

    Ravenel's Stinkhorn

    Phallus ravenelii
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    Edible

    Illustration of a redfin darter male in breeding colors.

    Redfin Darter

    Etheostoma whipplei
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    Endangered

    No photo available

    Sabine Shiner

    Notropis sabinae
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    Endangered

    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.
    Shortnose gar, image of head and front portion of body, swimming in an aquarium

    Shortnose Gar

    Lepisosteus platostomus
    Snuffbox

    Snuffbox

    Epioblasma triquetra
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    Endangered

    image of a Spittlebug and nest on plant stem

    Spittlebugs and Froghoppers

    About 60 species in North America north of Mexico
    Spotted gar, closeup of head, held in a fisher’s gloved hands, at Mingo NWR

    Spotted Gar

    Lepisosteus oculatus
    Elongate-bodied springtail on a brown leaf

    Springtails

    More than 8,000 species globally
    illustration of a striped bass, side view

    Striped Bass

    Morone saxatilis
    Color illustration of Swamp Darter

    Swamp Darter

    Etheostoma fusiforme
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    Endangered

    Color illustration of Taillight Shiner

    Taillight Shiner

    Notropis maculatus
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    Endangered

    image of Six-Spotted Tiger Beetle crawling on dead leaves

    Tiger Beetles

    Subfamily Cicindelinae (about 100 species in North America)
    Two-marked treehopper clinging to a stem

    Treehoppers

    More than 260 species in North America North of Mexico

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