Photo of shining blue star flower cluster

    Shining Blue Star

    Amsonia illustris
    Photo of shooting star flowers

    Shooting Star

    Dodecatheon meadia
    image of a Carolina Grasshopper

    Short-Horned Grasshoppers

    About 620 species in North America
    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 sideoats grama, closeup on floral spikes showing orange anthers.

    Sideoats Grama

    Bouteloua curtipendula
    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 slender bush clover flowers

    Slender Bush Clover

    Lespedeza virginica
    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 smooth spiderwort flowers being visited by beelike syrphid flies

    Smooth Spiderwort

    Tradescantia ohiensis
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    Edible

    Illustration of smooth sumac leaves, flowers, fruits.

    Smooth Sumac

    Rhus glabra
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    Edible

    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
    Photo of a southern dogface taking nectar on a pale purple coneflower

    Southern Dogface

    Zerene cesonia (formerly Colias cesonia)
    Photo of southern wild senna showing a flower cluster and a few leaflets.

    Southern Wild Senna

    Senna marilandica (formerly Cassia marilandica)
    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
    Photo of spiked lobelia flower stalk.

    Spiked Lobelia

    Lobelia spicata
    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
    spotted knapweed

    Spotted Knapweed

    Centaurea stoebe
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    Invasive

    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
    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.
    striped bark scorpion

    Striped Bark Scorpion

    Centruroides vittatus
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    Venomous

    Photograph of a striped skunk walking

    Striped Skunk

    Mephitis mephitis
    Photo of smooth sumac.

    Sumacs

    Rhus spp.
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    Edible

    Photo of a Summer Azure

    Summer Azure

    Celastrina neglecta
    Illustration of summer grape leaves, flowers, fruit

    Summer Grape

    Vitis aestivalis
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    Edible

    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
    Photo of tall fescue plants

    Tall Fescue

    Festuca arundinacea
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    Invasive

    Photo of tall thistle plants with flowers

    Tall Thistle

    Cirsium altissimum
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    Edible

    Photo of a tall thoroughwort plant in bloom.
    image of an Eastern Tent Caterpillar Moth

    Tent Caterpillar And Lappet Moths

    About 35 species in North America north of Mexico
    Photo of thimbleweed plant

    Thimbleweed (Tall Anemone)

    Anemone virginiana
    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.

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