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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Side view of ebony jewelwing resting on a plant stalk
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Ebony jewelwings flutter around streams in wooded areas. Like other damselflies, they prey on mosquitoes, midges, and other small insects.

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butterfly weed, blooming plant in landscape
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Butterfly weed blooms in native prairies and other sunny habitats. A magnet for butterflies, it’s our only orange-flowered milkweed.

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Gray treefrogs call from the water’s edge or the trees above, with birdlike or buzzing trills. They add music to our early summer evenings.

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Photo of a northern maidenhair fern
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On float trips and hikes, look for maidenhair ferns growing in moist, rich, cool locations. Missouri has two easy-to-distinguish species.

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