Content tagged with "Insects, Spiders and Kin"

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, its snare web, which looks like an upside-down silk bowl, is conspicuous throughout the year.

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Fireflies (Lightning Bugs)

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.

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Photo of a swift crab spider, female.

Foliage Flower Spiders

Mecaphesa spp. and Misumessus spp.
The more obvious differences between foliage crab spiders and other flower crab spiders is that these generally are smaller, and their carapaces, abdomens, and legs are spiny.

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Photo of funnel web spider poised in funnel of her web

Funnel Web Spiders

Agelenopsis spp.
The unique web of funnel web spiders is more often noticed than the spider itself. It is sheetlike, usually positioned horizontally, with a funnel leading downward to a shelter (a rock crevice or dense vegetation) where the spider hides, waiting for prey.

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Image of a giant red-headed centipede.

Giant Red-Headed Centipede

Scolopendra heros
The bright colors of this centipede have a message for you: Handle with great care! It’s of the few centipedes in our state capable of inflicting a painful, venomous bite.

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Giant Water Bugs

Species in the genera Abedus, Belostoma, and Lethocerus
Giant water bugs are huge aquatic insects that frequently fly around electric lights at night. They are infamous for the painful bite they can deliver, but fish, birds — and some people — find them tasty!

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Photo of a great black wasp on a bindweed flower

Great Black Wasp

Sphex pensylvanicus
A strikingly large black wasp with smoky-black wings that shine with blue iridescence, the great black wasp is often seen busily eating nectar and pollen from flowers in summertime.

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Image of a great golden digger wasp.

Great Golden Digger Wasp

Sphex ichneumoneus
A large solitary wasp, the great golden digger wasp is found throughout Missouri. The abdomen is orange in front and black at the end. The head and thorax have golden hairs. Like all solitary wasps, this species is not aggressive.

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image of Green June Beetle on Goldenrod

Green June Beetle

Cotinis nitida
These large, metallic green beetles buzz loudly when they fly. Attracted to ripe and rotting fruit and compost piles, the green June beetle is a common type of scarab beetle in Missouri.

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Green Lacewings

About 85 species in North America north of Mexico
Green lacewings are delicate insects whose larvae are ravenous predators of aphids. This makes the lacewing a friend to gardeners!

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