Content tagged with "Insects, Spiders and Kin"

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. More

Predaceous Diving Beetles (Water Tigers)

Photo of a predaceous diving beetle
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. More


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. More

Red-Legged Grasshopper

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

Ridge-Faced Flower Spider

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

Sand Wasps

image of Sand Wasp perched on sand
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. More

Scarab Beetles

Image of Dark Flower Scarab clinging to a flower
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. More

Silverfish (Firebrat)

Photo of a firebrat, a type of silverfish
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. More

Smooth Flower Crab Spider

Photo of a smooth flower crab spider, yellow individual, on ox-eye daisy flower
Misumena vatia
Smooth flower crab spiders are often confused with other crab spiders. Like chameleons, they have some capacity to change color from white to yellow, depending upon the blossoms they are inhabiting. The female often has an orange or reddish stripe running along each side of the abdomen, extending from the front to about halfway down the side. More

Soil Centipedes

There are many species of soil centipedes in our state.
Soil centipedes are abundant, common and harmless to humans. About all you have to do to find them is lift up stones and logs! More