Photo of green cracking russula, greenish-capped, gilled mushroom

    Green Cracking Russula

    Russula virescens
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    Edible

    Image of a green treefrog

    Green Treefrog

    Hyla cinerea
    hand holding white, umbrella-shaped mushroom

    Green-Spored Lepiota

    Chlorophyllum molybdites
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    Poisonous

    Photo of an aging grisette mushroom that is flat and tan on top and white below

    Grisette

    Amanita vaginata
    Image of a grotto salamander

    Grotto Salamander

    Eurycea spelaea
    Illustration of a grotto sculpin, side view.

    Grotto Sculpin

    Cottus specus
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    Endangered

    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.
    Image of a gypsy moth

    Gypsy Moth

    Lymantria dispar
    invasive icon

    Invasive

    Photo of a Hackberry Emperor

    Hackberry Emperor

    Asterocampa celtis
    Photograph of a half-free morel mushroom

    Half-Free Morel

    Morchella punctipes (formerly M. semilibera)
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    Edible

    Color illustration of Harlequin Darter-Male

    Harlequin Darter

    Etheostoma histrio
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    Endangered

    Photo of hen of the woods, large round mass of grayish mushrooms

    Hen of the Woods (Maitake)

    Grifola frondosa
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    Edible

    Photo of female heptagonal orbweaver in web.
    Photograph of several hexagonal-pored polypores, tan bracket fungi

    Hexagonal-Pored Polypore

    Polyporus alveolaris (formerly Favolus alveolaris)
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    Edible

    Photo of young, yellow-phase honey mushrooms.

    Honey Mushroom

    Armillaria mellea
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    Edible

    Photo of a deer fly larva, probably in a petri dish, on a gray background.

    Horse and Deer Fly Larvae

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

    Hummingbird Clearwing

    Hemaris thysbe
    No photo available

    Hydras

    Various species in the genus Hydra
    image of an Ichneumon Wasp on tree trunk

    Ichneumon Wasps

    More than 5,000 species in North America
    Image of an illinois chorus frog

    Illinois Chorus Frog

    Pseudacris illinoensis
    Photo of jellied false coral mushroom, a rounded mass of white branches

    Jellied False Coral

    Tremellodendron pallidum
    Photo of jelly baby single yellowish gelatinous mushroom

    Jelly Baby

    Leotia lubrica
    Lace bugs on a leaf

    Lace Bugs

    About 165 species in North American north of Mexico
    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
    Illustration of a largemouth bass

    Largemouth Bass

    Micropterous salmoides
    Swamp milkweed leaf beetle on a leaf it has chewed on.

    Leaf Beetles

    About 2,000 species in North America
    Photo of a leaffolder moth visiting a flower

    Leaffolder Moths

    Desmia spp.
    image of a Leafhopper on leaf

    Leafhoppers

    More than 3,000 species in North America north of Mexico
    lilliput

    Lilliput

    Toxolasma parvus
    Photo of ling chih, a shiny, hard, rust-colored bracket fungus, growing on tree

    Ling Chih (Lingzhi; Reishi Mushroom)

    Ganoderma lucidum
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    Edible

    Photo of a little yellow nectaring on a native aster flower

    Little Yellow

    Pyrisitia lisa (syn. Eurema lisa)
    Red milkweed beetle eating a common milkweed leaf.

    Longhorned Beetles (Borers; Sawyer Beetles)

    About 1,000 species in North America north of Mexico
    No photo available

    Longnose Darter

    Percina nasuta
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    Endangered

    maple leaf

    Mapleleaf

    Quadrula quadrula
    A black salamander with dark silver bands on its tail walks on a concrete pad.

    Marbled Salamander

    Ambystoma opacum
    Photo of two meadow mushrooms, at different angles, white with pinkish tan gills

    Meadow Mushroom

    Agaricus campestris
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    Edible

    Photo of mica cap cluster, bell-shaped, brown, capped mushrooms

    Mica Cap

    Coprinellus micaceus (formerly Coprinus micaceus)
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    Edible

    midland smooth softshell

    Midland Smooth Softshell

    Apalone mutica mutica
    monkeyface

    Monkeyface

    Quadrula metanevra
    Photo of common morels growing on forest floor

    Morels

    Morchella species
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    Edible

    Photo of a Morning-Glory Prominent moth

    Morning-Glory Prominent

    Schizura ipomoeae
    Photograph of several mosquito larvae resting at water surface

    Mosquito Larvae

    There are about 50 species of mosquitoes in our state.
    image of Mosquito

    Mosquitoes

    There are about 50 species of mosquitoes in our state.
    Forage looper moth perched on a brick wall, viewed from side

    Moths

    More than 12,000 species in North America north of Mexico
    mucket

    Mucket

    Actinonaias ligamentina
    Photo of multicolor gill polypore, a colorfully zoned bracket fungus on a log

    Multicolor Gill Polypore

    Lenzites betulina
    image of a Nessus Sphinx

    Nessus Sphinx

    Amphion floridensis
    image of a Dagger Moth

    Noctuid Moths

    More than 2,500 species in North America north of Mexico

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