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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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    Assassin Bugs

    Nearly 200 species in North America north of Mexico
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    Venomous

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    Bee Flies

    About 800 species in North America
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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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    Bumble Bees

    Bombus spp.
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    Carrion Beetles (Burying Beetles)

    Nicrophorus, Necrophila, Necrodes, and other Silphid genera
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    Cicada Killer Wasp

    Sphecius speciosus
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    Click Beetles

    Approximately 1,000 species in North America
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    Damselflies

    Species in the suborder Zygoptera
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    Dragonflies

    Species in the suborder Anisoptera
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    Dung Beetles (Tumblebugs)

    Subfamilies Scarabaeinae and Aphodiinae
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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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    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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    Honeybee

    Apis mellifera
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    Horntails

    About 28 species in North America
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    Ichneumon Wasps

    More than 5,000 species in North America
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    Japanese Beetle

    Popillia japonica
    Swamp milkweed leaf beetle on a leaf it has chewed on.

    Leaf Beetles

    About 2,000 species in North America
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    Leaf-Footed Bugs

    Nearly 90 species in North America north of Mexico
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    Leafhoppers

    More than 3,000 species in North America north of Mexico
    Red milkweed beetle eating a common milkweed leaf.

    Longhorned Beetles (Borers; Sawyer Beetles)

    About 1,000 species in North America north of Mexico
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    May Beetles (June Bugs)

    Phyllophaga spp.
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    Millipedes

    More than 900 species in North America north of Mexico
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    Mud Daubers

    Three genera: Sceliphron, Trypoxylon, and Chalybion
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    Mydas Flies

    About 80 species in North America
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    Nursery Web Spiders

    Pisaurina spp.
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    Purseweb Spiders

    Sphodros spp.
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    Robber Flies

    More than 1,000 species in North America
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    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.
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    Short-Horned Grasshoppers

    About 620 species in North America
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    Soldier Beetles

    Nearly 500 species in North America north of Mexico
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    Spider Wasps

    About 300 species in North America north of Mexico
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    Squash Bugs

    Anasa tristis and other Anasa spp.
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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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    Thread-Waisted Wasps

    Ammophila species
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    Tiger Beetles

    Subfamily Cicindelinae (about 100 species in North America)
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    Velvet Ants

    Numerous species in Missouri
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    Wheel Bug

    Arilus cristatus
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    Venomous

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    Wolf Spiders

    Numerous species and genera in our state.

See Also

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Yellow-Collared Scape Moth

Cisseps fulvicollis
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Plume Moths

Nearly 150 species in North America north of Mexico