Jagged ambush bug on a plant stem

    Ambush Bugs

    Phymata spp. and others in subfamily Phymatinae (ambush bugs)
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    Venomous

    several yellow aphids on plant

    Aphids

    More than 1,300 species in North America north of Mexico
    brokenray

    Arkansas Brokenray

    Lampsilis reeveiana
    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

    Photo of backswimmer, side view

    Backswimmers

    About 32 North American species in the family Notonectidae
    Photo of a meloe blister beetle, female, on ground

    Blister Beetles

    More than 400 species in North America north of Mexico
    Gray, speckled, translucent gelatinous blob cut in half to show structure

    Bryozoans (Moss Animals)

    Freshwater species in the phylum Bryozoa
    Several regal fritillaries feeding on butterfly weed

    Butterflies and Skippers

    More than 700 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of crane fly larva

    Crane Fly Larvae

    There are over 500 species of crane flies in North America.
    Photo of an adult damselfly on a twig next to water.

    Damselflies

    Species in the suborder Zygoptera
    deertoe

    Deertoe

    Truncilla truncata
    Image of a differential grasshopper.

    Differential Grasshopper

    Melanoplus differentialis
    Photo of a male Banded Pennant dragonfly

    Dragonflies

    Species in the suborder Anisoptera
    Image of an eastern collared lizard

    Eastern Collared Lizard

    Crotaphytus collaris
    ellipse

    Ellipse and Bleedingtooth

    Venustaconcha ellipsiformis and V. pleasii
    fatmucket

    Fatmucket

    Lampsilis siliquoidea
    Photo of a green crab spider on a leaf

    Foliage Flower Spiders

    Mecaphesa spp. and Misumessus spp.
    fragile papershell

    Fragile Papershell

    Leptodea fragilis
    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
    Polyphemus Moth, Belton MO

    Giant Silkworm and Royal Moths

    About 75 species in North America north of Mexico
    Green June beetle on goldenrod

    Green June Beetle

    Cotinis nitida
    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
    Harlequin darter side view photo with black background

    Harlequin Darter

    Etheostoma histrio
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    Endangered

    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
    Photo of a long-tailed salamander on a rotten log.

    Long-Tailed Salamander

    Eurycea longicauda longicauda
    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.
    maple leaf

    Mapleleaf

    Quadrula quadrula
    Forage looper moth perched on a brick wall, viewed from side

    Moths

    More than 12,000 species in North America north of Mexico
    mucket

    Mucket

    Actinonaias ligamentina
    Photo of multicolor gill polypore, a colorfully zoned bracket fungus on a log

    Multicolor Gill Polypore

    Lenzites betulina
    Niangua darter female, side view photo with black background

    Niangua Darter

    Etheostoma nianguae
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    Endangered

    Northern Cricket Frog

    Northern Cricket Frog

    Acris crepitans
    Orangethroat darter female, side view photo with black background

    Orangethroat Darter

    Etheostoma spectabile
    Photo of an ornate box turtle walking.

    Ornate Box Turtle

    Terrapene ornata ornata
    pimpleback

    Pimpleback

    Quadrula pustulosa
    pink mucket

    Pink Mucket

    Lampsilis abrupta
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    Endangered

    Citrus flatid planthopper on twig

    Planthoppers

    More than 900 species in North America north of Mexico
    Image of a red-legged grasshopper.

    Red-Legged Grasshopper

    Melanoplus femurrubrum
    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.
    image of a Carolina Grasshopper

    Short-Horned Grasshoppers

    About 620 species in North America
    Image of a six-lined racerunner lizard

    Six-Lined Racerunner

    Aspidoscelis sexlineatus
    Photo of a monkey slug caterpillar on an oak leaf

    Slug Caterpillar Moths

    More than 20 species in Missouri
    Snuffbox

    Snuffbox

    Epioblasma triquetra
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    Endangered

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