Illustration of persimmon leaves, branch, fruit.

    Persimmon

    Diospyros virginiana
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    Edible

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    Philadelphia Fleabane

    Erigeron philadelphicus
    Photo of a picture-winged fly

    Picture-Winged Flies

    About 130 species in North America north of Mexico
    Citrus flatid planthopper on twig

    Planthoppers

    More than 900 species in North America north of Mexico
    image of Plume Moth on blade of grass

    Plume Moths

    Nearly 150 species in North America north of Mexico
    Illustration of poison ivy leaves, flowers, fruits.

    Poison Ivy

    Toxicodendron radicans
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    Poisonous

    Photo of pokeweed plant with dangling stalks of ripe and unripe berries.

    Pokeweed

    Phytolacca americana
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    Poisonous

    Photo of a Polyphemus Moth

    Polyphemus Moth

    Antheraea polyphemus
    image of a White-Headed Prominent moth

    Prominent Moths

    About 50 species recorded from Missouri
    Photo of pussytoes showing fuzzy white flowering heads

    Pussytoes (Indian Tobacco)

    Antennaria parlinii
    image of a Yellow-Fringed Dolichomia Moth

    Pyralid Moths

    More than 680 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of a Question Mark

    Question Mark

    Polygonia interrogationis
    Photo of a red admiral butterfly, wings spread.

    Red Admiral

    Vanessa atalanta
    Illustration of red maple leaves and fruits.

    Red Maple

    Acer rubrum
    Photo of a red-banded hairstreak

    Red-Banded Hairstreak

    Calycopis cecrops
    Photo of a Red-Fringed Emerald

    Red-Fringed Emerald

    Nemoria bistriaria
    Photo of a Red-Spotted Purple with wings closed, showing ventral side of wings

    Red-Spotted Purple

    Limenitis arthemis
    Photo of a red-tailed hawk perched

    Red-Tailed Hawk

    Buteo jamaicensis
    image of Robber Fly

    Robber Flies

    More than 1,000 species in North America
    image of a Rosy Maple Moth

    Rosy Maple Moth

    Dryocampa rubicunda
    Illustration of rough-leaved dogwood leaves, flowers, fruits.

    Rough-Leaved Dogwood

    Cornus drummondii
    image of Sand Wasp perched on sand

    Sand Wasps

    Numerous species and genera in Missouri
    Male eastern Hercules beetle walking in grass

    Scarab Beetles

    About 1,700 species in North America north of Mexico.
    Photo of eastern woodland sedge plant growing among leaf litter.

    Sedges

    Carex, Schoenoplectus, Scirpus, and other genera
    Photo of shining blue star flower cluster

    Shining Blue Star

    Amsonia illustris
    Photo of showy partridge pea showing flowers, buds, and leaves.

    Showy Partridge Pea

    Chamaecrista fasciculata (formerly Cassia fasciculata)
    Short-tailed shrew pointing its head upward

    Shrews

    Sorex, Blarina, and Cryptotis spp.
    Photo of an unidentified grass skipper

    Skippers

    About 275 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of common gerardia plant with flowers

    Slender False Foxglove

    Agalinis tenuifolia (formerly Gerardia tenuifolia)
    Photo of slender mountain mint flowers

    Slender Mountain Mint

    Pycnanthemum tenuifolium
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    Edible

    Photo of a monkey slug caterpillar on an oak leaf

    Slug Caterpillar Moths

    More than 20 species in Missouri
    Photo of a Snowberry Clearwing

    Snowberry Clearwing

    Hemaris diffinis
    A reddish centipede crawls over a rock

    Soil Centipedes

    There are many species of soil centipedes in our state.
    image of Soldier Beetle on Goldenrod

    Soldier Beetles

    Nearly 500 species in North America north of Mexico
    A white-lined sphinx moth sips nectar from a purple locoweed flower

    Sphinx Moths (Hawk Moths)

    More than 50 species in Missouri
    Photo of a Spicebush Swallowtail, Male, Wings Spread

    Spicebush Swallowtail

    Pterourus troilus
    Glossy black spider wasp manipulating paralyzed spider

    Spider Wasps

    About 300 species in North America north of Mexico
    image of a Spiny Oak Slug Moth

    Spiny Oak-Slug Moth

    Euclea delphinii
    image of a Spittlebug and nest on plant stem

    Spittlebugs and Froghoppers

    About 60 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of a spotted orbweaver or barn spider, Neoscona crucifera, with black background

    Spotted Orbweavers

    Neoscona spp.
    Photo of spring beauty plants and flowers

    Spring Beauty

    Claytonia virginica
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    Edible

    Elongate-bodied springtail on a brown leaf

    Springtails

    More than 8,000 species globally
    Green stink bug on a leaf

    Stink Bugs

    In North America, more than 200 species in 64 genera.
    Photograph of a striped skunk walking

    Striped Skunk

    Mephitis mephitis
    Photo of a Summer Azure

    Summer Azure

    Celastrina neglecta
    Photo of many blooming ashy sunflower plants, showing gray-green leaves.

    Sunflowers

    Helianthus spp.
    Image of a sweat bee

    Sweat Bees

    Numerous species and genera in Missouri

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