Seven-spotted lady beetle on a flower

    Lady Beetles (Ladybird Beetles; Ladybugs)

    Nearly 500 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of lance-leaved loosestrife plant with flowers

    Lance-Leaved Loosestrife

    Lysimachia lanceolata

    Land Snails and Slugs

    Approx. 150 species of land snails and slugs in Missouri
    Photo of a large-flowered gaura inflorescence

    Large-Flowered Gaura

    Oenothera filiformis (formerly Gaura longiflora, G. biennis)
    Swamp milkweed leaf beetle on a leaf it has chewed on.

    Leaf Beetles

    About 2,000 species in North America
    Leaf-footed bug on a leaf

    Leaf-Footed Bugs

    Nearly 90 species in North America north of Mexico
    photo of a leafcutter bee

    Leafcutter Bees

    Species in the genus Megachile.
    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
    Photo of least weasel

    Least Weasel

    Mustela nivalis
    Little wood satyr resting with wings closed

    Little Wood Satyr

    Megisto cymela
    Image of long-eared owl.

    Long-Eared Owl

    Asio otus
    Photo of long-tailed weasel

    Long-Tailed Weasel

    Mustela frenata
    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

    Louisiana Waterthrush

    Parkesia motacilla (formerly Seiurus motacilla)
    Photo of lowland brittle fern fronds and fiddleheads growing in woods

    Lowland Brittle Fern (Southern Fragile Fern)

    Cystopteris protrusa (formerly C. fragilis var. protrusa)
    Photo of a Luna Moth

    Luna Moth

    Actias luna
    Photo of a magdalen underwing moth

    Magdalen Underwing

    Catocala illecta
    image of May Beetle on wood

    May Beetles (June Bugs)

    Phyllophaga spp.
    Photo of a mayfly

    Mayflies

    Hundreds of species in North America.
    image of a Midge

    Midges

    Nearly 1,100 species in North America
    Photo of whorled milkweed flowers.

    Milkweeds

    Subfamily Asclepiadoideae
    image of Narceus Millipede crawling across gravel

    Millipedes

    More than 900 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of mist flower or wild ageratum plants with flowers

    Mist Flower (Wild Ageratum; Blue Boneset)

    Conoclinium coelestinum (formerly Eupatorium coelestinum)
    Image of a monarch

    Monarch

    Danaus plexippus
    Photo of a Morning-Glory Prominent moth

    Morning-Glory Prominent

    Schizura ipomoeae
    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
    Photo of a mourning cloak butterfly perched on a strand of barbed wire.

    Mourning Cloak

    Nymphalis antiopa
    image of Black-and-Yellow Mud Dauber

    Mud Daubers

    Three genera: Sceliphron, Trypoxylon, and Chalybion
    image of a Nessus Sphinx

    Nessus Sphinx

    Amphion floridensis
    Image of an armadillo

    Nine-Banded Armadillo

    Dasypus novemcinctus
    image of a Dagger Moth

    Noctuid Moths

    More than 2,500 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of male northern cardinal

    Northern Cardinal

    Cardinalis cardinalis
    Photo of a Northern Cloudywing

    Northern Cloudywing

    Thorybes pylades
    Image of a northern flicker

    Northern Flicker

    Colaptes auratus
    Photo of northern fog fruit flowering head

    Northern Fog Fruit

    Lippia lanceolata (formerly Phyla lanceolata)
    Northern pearly-eye resting with wings closed

    Northern Pearly-Eye

    Enodia anthedon (syn. Lethe anthedon)
    Photo of a nursery web spider on a plant

    Nursery Web Spiders

    Pisaurina spp.
    A closeup of an acorn

    Oaks

    Quercus spp.
    Photo of Ohio horsemint inflorescence

    Ohio Horsemint

    Blephilia ciliata
    fork and knife icon

    Edible

    Photo of an Orange Wing moth

    Orange Wing

    Mellilla xanthometata
    Photo of an orchard orbweaver with a black background

    Orchard Orbweaver

    Leucauge venusta
    Photo of a male orchard oriole

    Orchard Oriole

    Icterus spurius
    Illustration of Osage orange flowers and fruit.

    Osage Orange

    Maclura pomifera
    Illustration of overcup oak leaf.

    Overcup Oak

    Quercus lyrata
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    Edible

    image of a Four-Spotted Owlfly

    Owlflies

    There are 8 species in North America
    Photo of a male painted bunting, side view.

    Painted Bunting

    Passerina ciris

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