Content tagged with "Insects, Spiders and Kin"

image of a Four-Spotted Owlfly


There are 8 species in North America
An owlfly looks like a dragonfly with a butterfly’s head. Dragonfly shaped and sized, they have long, clubbed antennae and large, bulging eyes. Look for them in summertime dusks and evenings.

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image of Paper Wasp on flowers

Paper Wasps

Species in the genus Polistes
Paper wasps are the most familiar of Missouri's social wasps. A late summer nest bristling with dozens of wasps can be an impressive sight. If you have a garden, however, these wasps are your friends!

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Periodical Cicadas

Periodical Cicadas

Species in the genus Magicicada
Among the most remarkable insects in Missouri, periodical cicadas live as nymphs for 13–17 years underground, and then emerge simultaneously to metamorphose into their adult form. Tremendous numbers of periodical cicadas, calling all at once, are a memorable event.

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Photo of a predaceous diving beetle

Predaceous Diving Beetles (Water Tigers)

Species in the beetle family Dytiscidae
Like many aquatic insects, these large oval beetles prey voraciously on other aquatic organisms. Excellent swimmers, they fly well, too, and are often attracted to lights.

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Image of a pseudoscorpion.


Various species in the order Pseudoscorpionida
These unusual little arachnids, which look something like tiny scorpions but with a rounded (and nonvenomous) hind end, are often overlooked but are filled with biological curiosity. Learn more about these helpful animals.

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Image of a red-legged grasshopper.

Red-Legged Grasshopper

Melanoplus femurrubrum
These small, red-legged grasshoppers are an important food for Missouri’s wild game birds.

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Photo of ridge-faced flower crab spider on daisy-family flower

Ridge-Faced Flower Spider

Misumenoides formosipes
This small, whitish-yellow or yellowish-brown crab spider is commonly found in flower heads. Often its carapace is slightly greenish, with a broad whitish-yellow midband bordered by darker, thinner sides of yellowish-brown.

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image of Sand Wasp perched on sand

Sand Wasps

Numerous species and genera in Missouri
Many species and genera of sand wasps occur in Missouri. They nest in the ground during summer. They are found in many habitats but most often in open, sandy areas along rivers.

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Image of Dark Flower Scarab clinging to a flower

Scarab Beetles

About 1,700 species in North America north of Mexico.
The scarab beetle family is very large, with breathtaking variety—and often great beauty. Many scarabs are large and colorful.

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Photo of a firebrat, a type of silverfish

Silverfish (Firebrat)

Lepisma saccharina, Thermobia domestica, and other species
Silverfish are known worldwide, since they commonly live in our homes. There are a number of species in this family of insects, including the common silverfish and the firebrat.

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