Field Guide

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Bottomland forest
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FIELD GUIDE A-Z
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Learn about the habitat, diet, and life cycle of Missouri's animals, plants, and mushrooms.
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What to look for this month
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Large, lemon yellow blossoms of this native wildflower festoon the tops of bluffs and rocky road cuts. Flowers open in late afternoon and bloom through the night.

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Photo of a common nighthawk on a sycamore branch.
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Darting and swooping erratically, nighthawks gobble up flying insects in midair. They fly at dusk and dawn. Listen for their harsh, nasal peent! or peer! calls.

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“Moth Week” is the last week of July. Start learning about this gloriously diverse collection of “night butterflies” on our moth intro page.

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Fireflies in a Field
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Fireflies are beetles that enchant us with their winking bioluminescent displays. Their silent flashes help them find mates on these hot summer nights.

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