Content tagged with "Insects, Spiders and Kin"

Differential Grasshopper

Image of a differential grasshopper.
Melanoplus differentialis
This grasshopper is familiar to most Missourians. Originally it lived only in wet meadows and creek bottomlands, but with the spread of farms, it has become a pest of many food crops. More


Photo of a male Banded Pennant dragonfly
Species in the suborder Anisoptera
Like their close relatives the damselflies, dragonflies have long bodies, two pairs of long, membranous, finely veined wings, and predaceous aquatic larvae. Dragonflies typically hold their wings stretched outward, horizontally. More

Dung Beetles (Tumblebugs)

image of Dung Beetle rolling a dung ball
Subfamilies Scarabaeinae and Aphodiinae
Horses, cattle, dogs, and deer all drop manna from above to eager dung beetles, which collect, hoard, and guard the precious organic materials left undigested in the pile. More

Eastern Carpenter Bee

Photo of an eastern carpenter bee
Xylocopa virginica
Eastern carpenter bees somewhat resemble bumblebees but have a noticeably black, shiny abdomen. Also, they are rather solitary and excavate their nests in wood. Carpenter bee nests are provisioned in the spring and summer. More

Eastern Dobsonfly (Hellgrammite)

Photo of eastern dobsonfly
Corydalus cornutus
Adult dobsonflies are huge and mothlike, with large wings and a weak, fluttery flight. The fiercely predaceous aquatic larvae, called hellgrammites, are well-known to anglers, who often use them as bait. More

Emerald Ash Borer

metallic, emerald-green beetle on ash leaf
Agrilus planipennis
Learn to ID and report signs of this highly destructive, invasive beetle that kills every type of ash tree—even healthy, vigorous ones. More

European Wood Wasp (Sirex Woodwasp)

Photo of male and female European wood wasps on pine stump
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. More

Field Crickets (House Crickets)

Photo of an adult female field cricket
Gryllus spp., Acheta domesticus, and relatives
The familiar black or brown field crickets are celebrated singers. There are several species in Missouri. More

Filmy Dome Spider

filmy dome spider
Prolinyphia marginata
The filmy dome spider is one of the most abundant woodland spiders in Missouri. Although the spider is tiny, the snare web, which looks like an upside-down silk bowl, is conspicuous throughout the year. More

Fireflies (Lightning Bugs)

image of Firefly crawling on a leaf
Approx. 175 species in North America north of Mexico
These amazing beetles use “cold light” (bioluminescence) to attract mates. They are commonly seen as they fly and glow in summer evenings. More