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 Right Now
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Peacock fly perched on a thistle leaf, viewed from side
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Beautifully patterned paracantha peacock flies, or tephretid fruit flies, perform courtship displays on thistles.

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Photo of a male blue-winged teal floating on water.
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Blue-winged teal begin returning from the north as they migrate through to their southern overwintering territory.

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Common true katydid female on a leaf
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Common true katidids sing loudly from dusk well into the night. Enjoy their concert while you watch for Perseid meteors. Peak viewing is in the early mornings of August 11–13, with moonless, dark skies.

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Rope dodder stems
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Dodders are parasitic plants. They look like a weird mass of leafless, yellow-orange, wiry threads wrapping around the stalks of other plants.

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