Photo of dense stand of prairie blazing star or gayfeather at Pawnee Prairie

    Prairie Blazing Star (Gayfeather)

    Liatris pycnostachya
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    Edible

    Illustration of prairie crab apple leaves, flowers, fruits.

    Prairie Crab Apple

    Malus ioensis
    Photo of a prairie dock flowerhead

    Prairie Dock (Prairie Rosinweed)

    Silphium terebinthinaceum
    Photo of prairie parsley flower cluster.

    Prairie Parsley

    Polytaenia nuttallii
    image of a White-Headed Prominent moth

    Prominent Moths

    About 50 species recorded from Missouri
    Image of a deceased pseudoscorpion on a US dime

    Pseudoscorpions

    Various species in the order Pseudoscorpionida
    Purple Coneflower

    Purple Coneflower

    Echinacea purpurea
    Photo of purple loosestrife flowering stalks showing purple flowers

    Purple Loosestrife

    Lythrum salicaria
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    Invasive

    Photo of a male purple martin perched on martin box

    Purple Martin

    Progne subis
    Photo of purple milkweed flower cluster

    Purple Milkweed

    Asclepias purpurascens
    Photo of purple prairie clover, closeup of flowerhead

    Purple Prairie Clover

    Dalea purpurea (formerly Petalostemon purpureum)
    Photo of purple-headed sneezeweed flowerhead showing round, purplish disk.

    Purple-Headed Sneezeweed

    Helenium flexuosum
    Photo of a male redlegged purseweb spider walking on limestone gravel

    Purseweb Spiders

    Sphodros spp.
    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 Queen Anne's lace flower cluster, seen from the top
    Photo of a rattlesnake fern growing above leaf litter in a woodland

    Rattlesnake Fern

    Botrypus virginianus (syn. Botrychium virginianum)
    Photo of rattlesnake master flower heads side view

    Rattlesnake Master

    Eryngium yuccifolium
    Photo of a red admiral butterfly, wings spread.

    Red Admiral

    Vanessa atalanta
     photo of a red fox

    Red Fox

    Vulpes vulpes
    Image of a red-legged grasshopper.

    Red-Legged Grasshopper

    Melanoplus femurrubrum
    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
    Photo of a male red-winged blackbird singing

    Red-Winged Blackbird

    Agelaius phoeniceus
    Photo of several reed canary grass plants with flowering heads

    Reed Canary Grass

    Phalaris arundinacea
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    Invasive

    Photo of a regal fritillary, perched on a flower, wings folded

    Regal Fritillary

    Speyeria idalia
    large colorful bird in grass

    Ring-Necked Pheasant

    Phasianus colchicus
    Illustration of riverbank grape leaves, flowers, fruit

    Riverbank Grape

    Vitis riparia
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    Edible

    image of Robber Fly

    Robber Flies

    More than 1,000 species in North America
    Photo of a rose gentian flower, closeup

    Rose Gentian (Rose Pink)

    Sabatia angularis
    Photo of rose verbena, or rose vervain, flower cluster showing leaves

    Rose Verbena (Rose Vervain)

    Glandularia canadensis (formerly Verbena canadensis)
    Image of a rose-breasted grosbeak

    Rose-Breasted Grosbeak

    Pheucticus ludovicianus
    Illustration of rough-leaved dogwood leaves, flowers, fruits.

    Rough-Leaved Dogwood

    Cornus drummondii
    Photo of round-leaved groundsel plant with flower clusters

    Round-Leaved Groundsel (Round-Leaved Ragwort)

    Packera obovata (formerly Senecio obovatus)
    Photo of royal catchfly flowers

    Royal Catchfly

    Silene regia
    Photo of ruffed grouse standing on a log

    Ruffed Grouse

    Bonasa umbellus
    Image of running buffalo clover

    Running Buffalo Clover

    Trifolium stoloniferum
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    Endangered

    Photo of path rush, closeup showing drying fruits.

    Rushes

    Juncus spp. and Luzula spp.
    Rusty Blackbird

    Rusty Blackbird

    Euphagus carolinus
    image of a Sachem, Wings Folded

    Sachem

    Atalopedes campestris
    image of Sand Wasp perched on sand

    Sand Wasps

    Numerous species and genera in Missouri
    Photo of 2 sandhill cranes in corn stubble

    Sandhill Crane

    Grus canadensis
    Illustration of sassafras leaves, flowers, fruit.

    Sassafras

    Sassafras albidum

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