These long-legged, dark-colored water spiders are distinctive in that the oval abdomen is smaller than the broad cephalothorax. The rim stripe surrounding the dark carapace, and sometimes the abdomen, is whitish-yellow. On top of the dark brown abdomen, three distinctive pairs of minute white spots create a connect-the-dot pattern or run mid-line down the back. The brown legs are robust and dotted with white hairs.
Stoneflies have a lot in common with mayflies, caddisflies, dragonflies and dobsonflies: They begin life as aquatic larvae, then molt and become winged adults. Many fish find stoneflies irresistible, and anglers take advantage of it!
There are many species of sweat bees in Missouri. Some are solitary, but a number show different levels of social behavior. They got their common name from their attraction to perspiration, which offers them precious moisture and salts.
Three species are most commonly encountered in Missouri.
Some of the most problematic animals in Missouri, ticks drink the blood of humans and other mammals. The idea of blood-sucking parasites is hideous enough, but ticks are known carriers of serious, sometimes deadly diseases. Learn more about these large mites and how to protect yourself from their bites.
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