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    American Burying Beetle

    Nicrophorus americanus
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    Endangered

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    Ants

    More than 700 species in North America
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    Aphids

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

    Micrathena sagittata
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    Assassin Bugs

    Nearly 200 species in North America north of Mexico
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    Venomous

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    Black Widow Spiders

    Latrodectus mactans and L. variolus
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    Venomous

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    Black-Legged Meadow Katydid

    Orchelimum nigripes
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    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.
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    Bold Jumper

    Phidippus audax
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    Boxelder Bug

    Boisea trivittatus
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    Carrion Beetles (Burying Beetles)

    Nicrophorus, Necrophila, Necrodes, and other Silphid genera
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    Chiggers

    Trombicula alfreddugesi and other Trombicula spp.
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    Damselflies

    Species in the suborder Zygoptera
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    Dragonflies

    Species in the suborder Anisoptera
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    Emerald Ash Borer

    Agrilus planipennis
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    Invasive

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    European Wood Wasp (Sirex Woodwasp)

    Sirex noctilio
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    Invasive

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    Feather-Legged Flies

    Trichopoda spp.
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    Fireflies (Lightning Bugs)

    Approx. 175 species in North America north of Mexico
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    Flower Flies (Syrphids)

    Nearly 900 species in North America
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    Giant Red-Headed Centipede

    Scolopendra heros
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    Venomous

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    Goldenrod Crab Spider

    Misumena vatia
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    Great Golden Digger Wasp

    Sphex ichneumoneus
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    Ground Beetles

    About 2,400 species in North America north of Mexico
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    Ichneumon Wasps

    More than 5,000 species in North America
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    Lady Beetles (Ladybird Beetles; Ladybugs)

    Nearly 500 species in North America north of Mexico
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    Leaf Beetles

    About 2,000 species in North America
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    Longhorned Beetles (Borers; Sawyer Beetles)

    About 1,000 species in North America north of Mexico
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    Millipedes

    More than 900 species in North America north of Mexico
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    Mosquitoes

    There are about 50 species of mosquitoes in our state.
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    Mydas Flies

    About 80 species in North America
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    Orchard Orbweaver

    Leucauge venusta
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    Paper Wasps

    Species in the genus Polistes
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    Periodical Cicadas

    Species in the genus Magicicada
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    Red-Legged Grasshopper

    Melanoplus femurrubrum
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    Scarab Beetles

    About 1,700 species in North America north of Mexico.
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    Short-Horned Grasshoppers

    About 620 species in North America

    Soil Centipedes

    There are many species of soil centipedes in our state.
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    Soldier Beetles

    Nearly 500 species in North America north of Mexico
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    Stink Bugs

    In North America, more than 200 species in 64 genera.
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    Sweat Bees

    Numerous species and genera in Missouri
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    Tan Jumping Spider

    Platycriptus undatus
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    Thread-Waisted Wasps

    Ammophila species
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    Velvet Ants

    Numerous species in Missouri
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    Weevils (Snout Beetles; Bark Beetles)

    About 2,500 species in North America north of Mexico
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    Wheel Bug

    Arilus cristatus
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    Venomous

See Also

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Yellow-Collared Scape Moth

Cisseps fulvicollis
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Plume Moths

Numerous species in the family Pterophoridae (plume moths)