Photo of a male Banded Pennant dragonfly

    Dragonflies

    Species in the suborder Anisoptera
    Duskystripe shiner male in spawning colors, side view photo with black background

    Duskystripe Shiner

    Luxilus pilsbryi
    Image of an american toad

    Eastern American Toad

    Anaxyrus americanus americanus (formerly Bufo americanus)
    image of a boxelder bug

    Eastern Boxelder Bug

    Boisea trivittata
    eastern coachwhip

    Eastern Coachwhip

    Coluber flagellum flagellum
    Eastern gartersnake

    Eastern Gartersnake

    Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis
    Photo of an eastern hog-nosed snake.

    Eastern Hog-Nosed Snake

    Heterodon platirhinos
    Image of a red milksnake

    Eastern Milksnake

    Lampropeltis triangulum
    Photo of an elegant stinkhorn mushroom, a pink column covered with brown slime

    Elegant Stinkhorn

    Mutinus elegans
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    Edible

    elephant's ear

    Elephantear

    Elliptio crassidens
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    Endangered

    ellipse

    Ellipse and Bleedingtooth

    Venustaconcha ellipsiformis and V. pleasii
    Elm borer beetle resting on rocks in a flower planter

    Elm Borer

    Saperda tridentata
    metallic, emerald-green beetle on ash leaf

    Emerald Ash Borer

    Agrilus planipennis
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    Invasive

    Photo of emetic russula mushroom with red cap and whitish stalk

    Emetic Russula

    Russula emetica
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    Poisonous

    Image of a false morel

    False Morels

    Gyromitra spp. (false morels); Helvella spp. (elfin saddles)
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    Poisonous

    image of a Feather-Legged Fly

    Feather-Legged Flies

    Trichopoda spp.
    image of Firefly crawling on a leaf

    Fireflies (Lightning Bugs)

    Approx. 175 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of a flat-headed snake held in someone’s hands

    Flat-Headed Snake

    Tantilla gracilis
    image of a Flower Fly on a flower

    Flower Flies (Syrphids)

    Nearly 900 species in North America
    Four-spotted lady beetle on a leaf

    Four-Spotted Lady Beetle

    Brachiacantha quadripunctata
    Monkey Face Mussel

    Freshwater Mussels

    Bivalve molluscs in order Unionoida
    Photo of two Frost's boletes, red mushrooms with pores, at different angles

    Frost’s Bolete

    Boletus frostii
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    Edible

    Photo of gabled false morel, a floppy, orange club fungus

    Gabled False Morel

    Gyromitra brunnea
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    Poisonous

    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 golden crayfish viewed through the surface of creek water.

    Golden Crayfish

    Faxonius luteus (formerly Orconectes luteus)
    Golden tortoise beetle on a leaf

    Golden Tortoise Beetle

    Charidotella sexpunctata
    Photo of a goldenrod crab spider, whitish individual, on native aster flower

    Goldenrod Crab Spider

    Misumena vatia
    Goldfish side view photo with black background

    Goldfish

    Carassius auratus
    Image of a great golden digger wasp.

    Great Golden Digger Wasp

    Sphex ichneumoneus
    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
    Photo of cluster of hairy rubber cup mushrooms, cup fungi with orangish centers

    Hairy Rubber Cup

    Galiella rufa (formerly Bulgaria rufa)
    A metallic green sweat bee gathering pollen on a yellow flowerhead

    Halictid Bees (Sweat Bees)

    More than 500 species in North America north of Mexico
    hellbender, a large brown salamander resting in gravelly streambed

    Hellbender

    Cryptobranchus alleganiensis
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    Endangered

    Photograph of several hexagonal-pored polypores, tan bracket fungi

    Hexagonal-Pored Polypore

    Polyporus alveolaris (formerly Favolus alveolaris)
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    Edible

    image of a Honey Locust Moth

    Honey Locust Moth

    Syssphinx bicolor (syn. Sphingicampa bicolor)
    Photo of Hubbs' crayfish.

    Hubbs' Crayfish

    Cambarus hubbsi
    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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    Kirtland’s Snake

    Clonophis kirtlandii
    Seven-spotted lady beetle on a flower

    Lady Beetles (Ladybird Beetles; Ladybugs)

    Nearly 500 species in North America north of Mexico

    Land Snails and Slugs

    Approx. 150 species of land snails and slugs in Missouri
    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 leech

    Leeches

    Various species in the subclass Hirudinea
    Photo of ling chih, a shiny, hard, rust-colored bracket fungus, growing on tree

    Ling Chih (Lingzhi; Reishi Mushroom)

    Ganoderma sessile (formerly G. lucidum)
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    Edible

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