Photo of common milkweed flower cluster

    Common Milkweed

    Asclepias syriaca
    Photo of a female scorpionfly perched on a leaf.
    Photo of common sunflower

    Common Sunflower

    Helianthus annuus
    fork and knife icon

    Edible

    Photo of common water hemlock or spotted cowbane flowers

    Common Water Hemlock

    Cicuta maculata
    Poisonous Icon

    Poisonous

    Photo of a common wood-nymph butterfly

    Common Wood Nymph

    Cercyonis pegala
    large gray and white bird perching on a black branch

    Cooper's Hawk

    Accipiter cooperii
    Coral hairstreak butterfly on butterfly weed flowers

    Coral Hairstreak

    Satyrium titus (syn. Harkenclenus titus)
    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
    Image of a dark-eyed junco

    Dark-Eyed Junco

    Junco hyemalis
    Image of a differential grasshopper.

    Differential Grasshopper

    Melanoplus differentialis
    rough-leaved dogwood

    Dogwoods

    Cornus spp.
    Photo of a male Banded Pennant dragonfly

    Dragonflies

    Species in the suborder Anisoptera
    image of Dung Beetle rolling a dung ball

    Dung Beetles (Tumblebugs)

    Subfamilies Scarabaeinae and Aphodiinae
    Image of an eastern chipmunk

    Eastern Chipmunk

    Tamias striatus
    Photo of an eastern kingbird perched on a branch.

    Eastern Kingbird

    Tyrannus tyrannus
    eastern mole

    Eastern Mole

    Scalopus aquaticus
    Illustration of eastern red cedar stem, leaves, and fruits.

    Eastern Red Cedar

    Juniperus virginiana
    Photo of an Eastern Tailed-Blue

    Eastern Tailed-Blue

    Cupido comyntas
    image of an Eastern Tent Caterpillar Moth

    Eastern Tent Caterpillar Moth

    Malacosoma americana
    Photo of an eastern tiger swallowtail resting with wings spread open
    Photo of an Eight-Spotted Forester on a flower

    Eight-Spotted Forester

    Alypia octomaculata
    Photograph of a European Starling

    European Starling

    Sturnus vulgaris
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    Invasive

    Adult fall webworm moth resting on a leaf

    Fall Webworm Moth

    Hyphantria cunea
    Photo of false dragonhead plant with flowers

    False Dragonhead (Obedient Plant)

    Physostegia virginiana
    Photo of an adult female field cricket

    Field Crickets (House Crickets)

    Gryllus spp., Acheta domesticus, and relatives
    image of Firefly crawling on a leaf

    Fireflies (Lightning Bugs)

    Approx. 175 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.
    Photo of a furrow orbweaver hanging head down with a green background

    Furrow Orbweavers

    Larinioides spp.
    A wavy-lined emerald moth resting on a glass window

    Geometrid Moths

    About 250 species recorded for Missouri
    Photo of a giant ragweed plant.

    Giant Ragweed

    Ambrosia trifida
    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 tall goldenrod plant with flowers

    Goldenrods

    Solidago spp. (23 species in Missouri)
    image of a Grapeleaf Skeletonizer

    Grapeleaf Skeletonizer

    Harrisina americana
    Photo of several big bluestem seed heads against a blue sky.

    Grasses

    All true grasses (species in the grass family).
    Gray comma perched on a flower, winged closed

    Gray Comma

    Polygonia progne
    Collared, grayish-tan wolf in open field

    Gray Wolf

    Canis lupus
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    Endangered

    Photo of a great black wasp on a bindweed flower

    Great Black Wasp

    Sphex pensylvanicus
    Photo of a great horned owl on a tree branch

    Great Horned Owl

    Bubo virginianus
    Great Spangled Fritillary, Wings Spread, nectaring on milkweed flowers
    Green June beetle on goldenrod

    Green June Beetle

    Cotinis nitida
    image of Green Lacewing clinging to rock

    Green Lacewings

    About 85 species in North America north of Mexico
    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.

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