Short-tailed shrew pointing its head upward

    Shrews

    Sorex, Blarina, and Cryptotis spp.
    Photo of a silvery checkerspot, Wings Folded

    Silvery Checkerspot

    Chlosyne nycteis
    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

    Illustration of slippery elm twig and leaves.

    Slippery Elm

    Ulmus rubra
    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
    Image of a song sparrow

    Song Sparrow

    Melospiza melodia
    Image of southern flying squirrel

    Southern Flying Squirrel

    Glaucomys volans
    A white-lined sphinx moth sips nectar from a purple locoweed flower

    Sphinx Moths (Hawk Moths)

    More than 50 species in Missouri
    Illustration of spicebush leaves, flowers, fruit.

    Spicebush

    Lindera benzoin
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    Edible

    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
    Photo of female spiny-bellied orbweaver (spined micrathena) on a leaf

    Spined Micrathena

    Micrathena gracilis
    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 cress flower clusters

    Spring Cress (Bitter Cress)

    Cardamine bulbosa
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    Edible

    Elongate-bodied springtail on a brown leaf

    Springtails

    More than 8,000 species globally
    Illustration of St. Andrew's cross leaves, flowers, fruit.

    St. Andrew’s Cross

    Hypericum hypericoides (formerly Ascyrum hypericoides)
    photo of a male reddish-brown stag beetle

    Stag Beetles

    About 24 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of star of Bethlehem cluster of plants with flowers

    Star of Bethlehem

    Ornithogalum umbellatum
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    Poisonous

    Photo of a starry campion flower
    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.
    Illustration of swamp chestnut oak leaf.

    Swamp Chestnut Oak (Basket Oak)

    Quercus michauxii
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    Edible

    Illustration of swamp white oak leaf.

    Swamp White Oak

    Quercus bicolor
    Image of a sweat bee

    Sweat Bees

    Numerous species and genera in Missouri
    Illustration of sycamore leaves and fruit

    Sycamore

    Platanus occidentalis
    Photo of tall fescue plants

    Tall Fescue

    Festuca arundinacea
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    Invasive

    Photo of a tall thoroughwort plant in bloom.
    Photo of a tan jumping spider

    Tan Jumping Spider

    Platycriptus undatus
    image of a Tawny Emperor, Wings Spread

    Tawny Emperor

    Asterocampa clyton
    image of an Eastern Tent Caterpillar Moth

    Tent Caterpillar And Lappet Moths

    About 35 species in North America north of Mexico
    image of a Thread-Waisted Wasp

    Thread-Waisted Wasps

    Ammophila species
    Photo of tick trefoil plant with flowers

    Tick Trefoils (Sticktights; Beggar's Lice)

    Desmodium spp. (17 species in Missouri)
    American dog tick crawling on a person's skin

    Ticks

    Three common Missouri species.
    dogbane tiger moth

    Tiger and Lichen Moths

    Subfamily Arctiinae (formerly a family)
    image of Six-Spotted Tiger Beetle crawling on dead leaves

    Tiger Beetles

    Subfamily Cicindelinae (about 100 species in North America)
    Tortricid moth resting on a leaf

    Tortricid Moths

    About 1,400 species in North America north of Mexico
    Two-marked treehopper clinging to a stem

    Treehoppers

    More than 260 species in North America North of Mexico

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