Photo of leafy spurge seed heads

    Leafy Spurge

    Euphorbia esula
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    Poisonous

    invasive icon

    Invasive

    Photo of a Least Skipper

    Least Skipper

    Ancyloxypha numitor
    Photo of least weasel

    Least Weasel

    Mustela nivalis
    Illustration of limber honeysuckle leaves, flowers, fruits.

    Limber Honeysuckle

    Lonicera dioica
    Image of lincoln's sparrow

    Lincoln's Sparrow

    Melospiza lincolnii
    Photo of little bluestem mature seed head

    Little Bluestem

    Schizachyrium scoparium
    Little wood satyr resting with wings closed

    Little Wood Satyr

    Megisto cymela
    Photo of a little yellow nectaring on a native aster flower

    Little Yellow

    Pyrisitia lisa (syn. Eurema lisa)
    Photo of a perched loggerhead shrike

    Loggerhead Shrike

    Lanius ludovicianus
    Photo of long-bracted wild indigo plant with flowers

    Long-Bracted Wild Indigo

    Baptisia bracteata (formerly B. leucophaea)
    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
    Photo of a longjawed orbweaver walking on a plant stalk

    Longjawed Orbweavers

    Tetragnatha spp.
    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
    Photo of male and female mallards walking on ice

    Mallard

    Anas platyrhynchos
    image of May Beetle on wood

    May Beetles (June Bugs)

    Phyllophaga spp.
    Photo of mayapple colony looking like numerous green umbrellas on forest floor

    Mayapple

    Podophyllum peltatum
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    Edible

    Photo of a mayfly

    Mayflies

    Hundreds of species in North America.
    Photo of purple meadow parsnip foliage and flowers

    Meadow Parsnip

    Thaspium trifoliatum
    Photo of a merlin perched on a Y-shaped branch

    Merlin

    Falco columbarius
    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
    Illustration of mimosa leaves, flowers, fruit.

    Mimosa (Silk Tree)

    Albizia julibrissin
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    Invasive

    Photo of Missouri bladderpod flowers

    Missouri Bladderpod

    Physaria filiformis (formerly Lesquerella filiformis)
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    Endangered

    Photo of Missouri evening primrose flower with river in distance

    Missouri Evening Primrose

    Oenothera macrocarpa (formerly O. missouriensis)
    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.
    Photo of moth mullein flowers

    Moth Mullein

    Verbascum blattaria
    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
    Photograph of a Mourning Dove walking on the ground

    Mourning Dove

    Zenaida macroura
    image of Black-and-Yellow Mud Dauber

    Mud Daubers

    Three genera: Sceliphron, Trypoxylon, and Chalybion
    Photo of mullein basal leaves

    Mullein

    Verbascum thapsus
    Illustration of multiflora rose, leaves, flowers, fruits.

    Multiflora Rose

    Rosa multiflora
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    Invasive

    Photo of a musk thistle blooming flower head.

    Musk Thistle (Nodding Thistle)

    Carduus nutans
    invasive icon

    Invasive

    image of a Mydas Fly

    Mydas Flies

    About 80 species in North America
    Photo of narrow-leaved vervain plants in bloom.

    Narrow-Leaved Vervain

    Verbena simplex
    image of a Nessus Sphinx

    Nessus Sphinx

    Amphion floridensis
    Photo of New England aster plants with flowers

    New England Aster

    Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (formerly Aster novae-angliae)
    Illustration of New Jersey tea leaves, flowers, fruits.

    New Jersey Tea

    Ceanothus americanus
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    Edible

    Image of an armadillo

    Nine-Banded Armadillo

    Dasypus novemcinctus
    Illustration of ninebark leaves, flowers, fruits.

    Ninebark

    Physocarpus opulifolius

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