Jagged ambush bug on a plant stem

    Ambush Bugs

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

    Acrobat ants on a leaf

    Ants

    More than 700 species in North America
    several yellow aphids on plant

    Aphids

    More than 1,300 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of arrow-shaped micrathena spider

    Arrowshaped Micrathena

    Micrathena sagittata
    image of Assassin Bug crawling on a leaf

    Assassin Bugs

    Nearly 200 species in North America north of Mexico
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    Venomous

    Baltimore checkerspot, perched, with wings folded

    Baltimore Checkerspot

    Euphydryas phaeton
    Photo of a beautiful wood-nymph
    image of Bee Fly on leaf

    Bee Flies

    About 800 species in North America
    Photo of a meloe blister beetle, female, on ground

    Blister Beetles

    More than 400 species in North America north of Mexico
    Closeup of brown recluse spider on floor.

    Brown Recluse (Violin Spider)

    Loxosceles reclusa
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    Venomous

    photo of bumblebee on a wild rose flower

    Bumble Bees

    Bombus spp.
    Several regal fritillaries feeding on butterfly weed

    Butterflies and Skippers

    More than 700 species in North America north of Mexico
    Image of Tomentose Burying Beetle crawling on the ground

    Carrion Beetles (Burying Beetles)

    Nicrophorus, Necrophila, Necrodes, and other Silphid genera
    image of Cicada Killer on Goldenrod

    Cicada Killer Wasp

    Sphecius speciosus
    Photo of a common house spider, egg sac, and web

    Common House Spider

    Parasteatoda tepidariorum (syn. Achaeranea tepidariorum)
    Photo of a common wood-nymph butterfly

    Common Wood Nymph

    Cercyonis pegala
    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
    image of Crane Fly clinging to a twig

    Crane Flies

    There are over 500 species of crane flies in North America.
    Photo of a Harvestman, viewed from above

    Daddy Longlegs (Harvestmen)

    About 6,500 species have been named so far, worldwide.
    Photo of an adult damselfly on a twig next to water.

    Damselflies

    Species in the suborder Zygoptera
    Photo of a Delaware Skipper

    Delaware Skipper

    Anatrytone logan
    Image of a differential grasshopper.

    Differential Grasshopper

    Melanoplus differentialis
    Photo of a male Banded Pennant dragonfly

    Dragonflies

    Species in the suborder Anisoptera
    Photo of an eastern tiger swallowtail resting with wings spread open
    image of a Feather-Legged Fly

    Feather-Legged Flies

    Trichopoda spp.
    Photo of a featherlegged orbweaver and egg case on a leaf

    Featherlegged Orbweaver

    Uloborus glomosus
    image of a Fiery Skipper, Wings Spread

    Fiery Skipper

    Hylephila phyleus
    filmy dome spider

    Filmy Dome Spider

    Neriene radiata (formerly Prolinyphia marginata)
    image of Firefly crawling on a leaf

    Fireflies (Lightning Bugs)

    Approx. 175 species in North America north of Mexico
    image of a Black-Waved Flannel Moth resting on a leaf

    Flannel Moths

    Eleven species in North America north of Mexico
    image of a Flower Fly on a flower

    Flower Flies (Syrphids)

    Nearly 900 species in North America
    Photo of a green crab spider on a leaf

    Foliage Flower Spiders

    Mecaphesa spp. and Misumessus spp.
    A wavy-lined emerald moth resting on a glass window

    Geometrid Moths

    About 250 species recorded for Missouri
    Image of a giant red-headed centipede.

    Giant Red-Headed Centipede

    Scolopendra heros
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    Venomous

    Polyphemus Moth, Belton MO

    Giant Silkworm and Royal Moths

    About 75 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of a Giant Swallowtail, Wings Spread

    Giant Swallowtail

    Papilio cresphontes
    Photo of grass spider poised in funnel of her web

    Grass Spiders

    Agelenopsis spp.
    Great Spangled Fritillary, Wings Spread, nectaring on milkweed flowers
    Green June beetle on goldenrod

    Green June Beetle

    Cotinis nitida
    image of Fiery Searcher on dead leaves

    Ground Beetles

    About 2,400 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of a Xysticus crab spider, tan individual

    Ground Crab Spiders

    Xysticus spp.
    Photo of female heptagonal orbweaver in web.
    image of a Honey Locust Moth

    Honey Locust Moth

    Syssphinx bicolor (syn. Sphingicampa bicolor)
    Photo of a Pigeon Tremex Horntail

    Horntails

    About 28 species in North America
    image of Horse Fly on tree trunk

    Horse and Deer Flies

    Tabanus, Chrysops, and related genera
    Hummingbird clearwing taking nectar from a flower

    Hummingbird Clearwing

    Hemaris thysbe
    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

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