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Aphids

More than 1,300 species in North America north of Mexico
Aphids are common, small, soft-bodied insects that suck plant juices. To see them well, you probably need a hand lens, but the damage they do to plants can be all too obvious!

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Aphids

Aphids are soft-bodied, plump, pear-shaped, and tiny. They suck plant juices. They have two tubelike projections on the hind end of the body, called cornicles, which aid in defense. Aphids are commonly green, yellow, or brown, but the color varies among the many, many species.

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Photo of eggs and nymphs of brown marmorated stink bug

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Eggs and Nymphs

The brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys), a native of southeast Asia, was discovered in Pennsylvania in 1998, apparently having hitched a ride on shipping crates. A pest of fruit trees, soybeans, and many other crops, it is spreading across North America. It has been found in Missouri. These are the eggs and newly hatched nymphs.

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Clothes Moths Undressed

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The secretive clothes moth shares our dwellings and feeds on our clothes.

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Common Bed Bug

“Sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite!” As children, many of us were tucked into bed with this soothing rhyme. But as bed bugs become more common, this saying might start keeping people awake! One of the causes for the recent rise in bed bugs is that people don’t notice them until they have a large infestation.

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Common Bed Bug (Human Bedbug)

Cimex lectularius
Humans and bed bugs have known each other for millennia. In the last century, pesticide use made these parasites rare in our country. But they’re growing more common now. Learn about them!

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metallic, emerald-green beetle on ash leaf

Emerald Ash Borer

Agrilus planipennis
Learn to ID and report signs of the emerald ash borer: a highly destructive, invasive beetle that kills every type of ash tree — even healthy, vigorous ones.

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European Wood Wasp (Emerging Female)

This invasive insect lives for about a year as a grublike larva inside the trunks of trees, then pupates, transforming into an adult. In our area, new adults would probably emerge from tree trunks July through September.

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European Wood Wasp (Sirex Woodwasp)

European wood wasp, female (left) and male (right). This species is known to cause the death of up to 80 percent of the pine trees in an area, and it could soon arrive in Missouri. Help protect our pines by learning how to identify this troublesome insect.

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Photo of male and female European wood wasps on pine stump

European Wood Wasp (Sirex Woodwasp)

Sirex noctilio
The European wood wasp, or sirex woodwasp, is known to cause the death of up to 80 percent of the pine trees in an area, and it could soon arrive in Missouri. Help protect our pines by learning how to identify this troublesome insect.

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