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Photo of a smooth flower crab spider, yellow individual, on ox-eye daisy flower

Smooth Flower Crab Spider

Misumena vatia
Smooth flower crab spiders are often confused with other crab spiders. They can 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.

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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!

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Soldier Beetles

Nearly 500 species in North America north of Mexico
Sometimes called leatherwings, soldier beetles are most often seen on flowers. Many species are pollinators, and yellow, orange, and red are their most common colors, besides black and brown.

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Spiny-Bellied Orb Weaver

Micrathena gracilis
The color pattern can vary, but the ten-spined, chunky abdomen sets the female spiny-bellied orb weaver apart from all other spiders.

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Spotted Fishing Spider

Dolomedes triton
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.

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Squash Bugs

Anasa spp., including Anasa tristis
Sooner or later, most Missouri gardeners learn about squash bugs, which feed on the foliage of squash, pumpkins, melons, cucumbers, and other plants in the squash family.

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photo of a male reddish-brown stag beetle

Stag Beetles

About 24 species in North America north of Mexico
While stag beetles are not very colorful, they make up for it in pincers! Male stag beetles usually have enlarged, sometimes astonishing jaws. These “antlers” give rise to the common name.

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Photo of a green stink bug on a leaf

Stink Bugs

In North America, more than 200 species in 64 genera.
Stink bugs are shield-shaped insects that can smell very bad! This is a large family of true bugs known for producing a foul odor when harassed.

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Stoneflies

There are hundreds of species in North America
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!

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Striped Scorpion

Centruroides vittatus
Young striped scorpions are pale yellowish-brown, usually with two lengthwise dark stripes on the abdomen; older scorpions are uniform dark brown with the stripes faint or lacking.

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