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South Dakota Insects and Bugs

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 2/25/2014

Listing of insects and bugs that may be found in the state of South Dakota.

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Keep in mind that insects are not contained by man-drawn borders between states on a map. As such, they may be found beyond the reach listed on our website. Insects are generally drawn to areas by available food supply, weather, environmental factors, water supply and mating patterns. The listing below is a general indicator of bugs that may be found in a given state.


There are a total of 235 South Dakota Bugs in the Insect Identification database. Entries are listed below in alphabetical order.



1
Acorn Weevil
Like all weevils, Acorn Weevils have a long snout reminiscent of an elephant's trunk. This snout is a hollow tube and is use...
2
Ailanthus Webworm Moth
The definitive coloring and stripes on this moth make it unique among Webworm Moths. They tuck and roll their wings close to ...
3
American Bumble Bee
Similar to Golden Northern Bumblebee (Bombus fervidus) but larger, this Bumble Bee has black coloring just behind the wings. ...
4
American Carrion Beetle
The American Carrion Beetle earns its name by eating decaying flesh in both larval and adult form. Sometimes adults may be s...
5
American Cockroach
The American Cockroach is actually not native to the United States. Instead it originates from Africa. It was transplanted t...
6
American Dog Tick
Ticks are 8-legged arachnids though they are not spiders. They do not have wings and cannot fly, but they are adept at latch...
7
American House Spider
The webs created by American House Spiders are classic Halloween webs: tangled messes in all corners of the attic or windows....
8
American Lady Butterfly
the American Lady butterfly is a member of the Brush-footed butterfly family. She is related to the Painted Lady, the Red Ad...
9
American Pelecinid Wasp
The long abdomen ('tail') of the female invokes trepidation among humans, but its primary purpose is not to sting. It is act...
10
American Salmonfly
As a member of the Stonefly family, the American Salmonfly is a useful bio-indicator. The larvae of the American Salmonfly l...
11
Antlion
Antlions get their name thanks to the diet of their larvae. A small Antlion larva is also known an a 'doodlebug'. Doodlebugs...
12
Aphids
Tiny and light, lime-green in color, these insects suck the juice of plants to the point where the plants dehydrate and possi...
13
Asian Multicolored Lady Beetle
Historically, Lady Beetles, were recognized as a beneficial insect because of their diet. They are known to eat aphids, plan...
14
Assassin Bug
The strong beak found on Assassin bugs is used to repeatedly, and violently, stab its prey to death, hence the name 'assassin...
15
Bald-Faced Hornet
Bald-faced Hornets are related to yellow jackets, but are not "true" hornets themselves. This species features a rather stout...
16
Banded Garden Spider
This spider builds its orb-shaped web between plants in garden beds. It sits in the center of the spiral web with its, up-sid...
17
Banded Horntail
The prominent yellow bands at the end of the stout abdomen of the Banded Horntail are easily overlooked thanks to the 'hornta...
18
Banded Longhorn Beetle
Banded Longhorn Beetles are members of Cerambycidae, so they have extremely long antennae (horns) like their other relatives....
19
Banded Woollybear Caterpillar Moth
The Banded Woollybear Caterpillar Moth gets its descriptive name from the appearance of the caterpillar, not the adult moth. ...
20
Bed Bug
Although it is best known for its ruthless biting on slumbering humans, the Bed Bug is a parasite of birds and bats as well. ...
21
Bee-Like Tachinid Fly
Bee-Like Tachinid Fly larvae are lethal predators to insects people may find problematic. Most of these fly larvae feed on th...
22
Big Dipper Firefly
Fireflies are famous for their nighttime displays in the summer. These friendly beetles delight children and adults alike wi...
23
Black and Yellow Garden Spider
Black and Yellow Garden Spiders are from the Argiope genus found throughout the United States of America and Canada. This spe...
24
Black Carpenter Ant
Black Carpenter Ants are relatively large compared to other ant species. Recognized mostly by size and color, this type of an...
25
Black Saddlebags Skimmer
The Black Saddlebags is a type of dragonfly known as a skimmer. Their bodies are shorter than their wingspan. In line with ...
26
Black Swallowtail
The Black Swallowtail looks almost identical to the pungent-tasting Pipevine Swallowtail. This mimicry is a good defense agai...
27
Black Vine Weevil
The Black Vine Weevil is a known pest to an expansive variety of plants and usually feeds at night. Leaves are chewed away, ...
28
Black Widow
Female Black Widows are famous for their toxic venom. Males, however, lack such a weapon and are not really known to bite. ...
29
Black-Tailed Bee Fly
The Black-Tailed Bee Fly is a fuzzy, hovering, buzzing look-a-like to a bumble bee. The long proboscis ('tongue'), however q...
30
Blue Dasher
Blue Dashers are one of the most abundant dragonflies in the U.S. and can be found near slow moving water sources, marshes an...
31
Blue-fronted Dancer
Dancers flight patterns are not straight-lined; this pond damsel appears to dance, or bounce, along its way. Damselflies are ...
32
Bold Jumping Spider
As a member of the Salticidae family, this small jumping spider has the ability to leap more than 4 times its own body length...
33
Boxelder Bug
Boxelder Bugs commonly form large congregations alongside homes,on trees and especially near Boxelder bushes. They also pref...
34
Brown Mantidfly
At first glance, Brown Mantidflies can be mistaken for a wasp. The colorful bands, the hairless body and obvious wings are si...
35
Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug is a pest to a large variety of fruit-bearing trees and plants. Accidentally imported from As...
36
Buffalo Treehopper
Easily recognizable by its greenish-yellow color and its humpback-like appearance, Buffalo Treehoppers have large heads that ...
37
Burying Beetle
Adult Burying Beetles will bury a dead bird or small mammal, removing feathers and hair. It is then formed into a ball shape ...
38
Cabbage White Butterfly
The white wings of this species have charcoal gray tips. Males have 1 black spot on the center of each forewing, while female...
39
Camel Cricket
The Camel Cricket gets its name from the rounded hump back. The hump does not aid in water retention. They consume a variet...
40
Candy-Striped Leafhopper
The bold coloration on the Candy-Striped Leafhopper is not very common among insects. Though some may have patches of green,...
41
Carolina Locust
The Carolina Locust is another in the line of Short-horned Grasshoppers and can be identified by their short antenna and roug...
42
Carolina Mantis
This is the most common mantis found across North America and it comes in a variety of colors and patterns. Some are very gre...
43
Carpenter Ant
Carpenter Ants are the largest ants on the continent. They are fond of tunneling through dead or decaying wood to build colo...
44
Cat-Faced Spider
The Cat-Faced Spider is a common name shared by this species and another North American spider. Its other common name, Jewel ...
45
Cedar Beetle
The Cedar Beetle has a parasitic relationship with Cicada larvae. Female beetles will lay their eggs on trees so sightings o...
46
Checkered Beetle
A strong banding pattern on the elytra (wing covering) helped to name this beetle. Checkered beetles are colorful and easy to...
47
Cicada Killer
Cicada Killers earned their common name for good reason. They will hunt down flying Cicadas and attack them in-flight. The ...
48
Clouded Sulphur
The medium-sized Clouded Sulphur butterfly can be seen flying in meadows, near puddles, along roads, in parks, crop fields, g...
49
Comb-Clawed Spider
Comb-clawed, or Comb-Footed, spiders are the most common type of house spider in North America. They come in a variety of col...
50
Common Coneheads
The pointed heads of some species in this genus of Katydids may even have a knob at the 'nose'. Like other Katydids though, C...
51
Common Eastern Bumble Bee
Fuzzy and loud, the Common Eastern Bumble Bee is an industrious workhorse. Like other bumble bees, it flies from flower to f...
52
Common Green Darner
Common Green Darners are beautiful dragonflies with transparent wings. They are large specimens that are common throughout No...
53
Common Pillbug
With a plated armor similar to armadillos, it is no mystery how their Genus name was determined. The Common Pillbug has a di...
54
Common Sanddragon
The Common Sanddragon is a dragonfly that prefers moving water. They can be found by streams, creeks and small rivers, flying...
55
Common Thread Waisted Wasp
The incredibly thin 'waist' on this wasp led to its name. It is an ambush attacker, immobilizing insect prey with a swift st...
56
Common Whitetail Skimmer
This typical dragonfly hovers over standing or slow water (ponds, creeks, streams, marshes, lakes, etc.). Older males de...
57
Cottonwood Borer
The Cottonwood Borer is part of the large Long-Horned Beetle family that makes its way throughout the summertime months destr...
58
Cow Killer
The Eastern Velvet Ant (aka: "Cow Killer") is not an ant at all, though it looks like a hairy one. It is actually a wasp and...
59
Cranefly
Though they look like giant mosquitoes, they are not mosquitoes. Craneflies do not bite, they do not have a long proboscis (s...
60
Cross Spider
The white cross marking on the abdomen of the Cross Spider became its name and main identifier. Originally from Europe, it w...
61
Cuckoo Bee
This sweat bee gets its name from its parasitic behavior. Females Cuckoo Bees enter another species' nest and change out the...
62
Cuckoo Wasp
Cuckoo Wasps get their name thanks to their parenting technique. Similar to the Cuckoo bird, whose females lay eggs in anoth...
63
Devil's Coach Horse
The all-black body of the Devil's Coach Horse is just the one reason to think this a nefarious creature. Its elytra (wing co...
64
Differential Grasshopper
Most prevalent in the central U.S., this grasshopper has distinguishing stripes on its 'thighs'. The black herringbone patte...
65
Dingy Cutworm Moth
The unremarkable colors of this moth helped name it, but the pattern on it is distinctive. The yellowish kidney shaped spot ...
66
Dobsonfly
Male Dobsonflies appear to be quite fearsome, having what appears to be tentacle-like appendages for mouth parts. In fact, th...
67
Dogbane Leaf Beetle
Metallic green and coppery hues make this beetle stand out from the rest. Its tiny size mean it might get overlooked in natu...
68
Eastern Amberwing
This dragonfly stays low, close to the water's surface, as it flies, feeding on small insects. Males stake a claim on a shor...
69
Eastern Carpenter Bee
Though it looks like a Bumble Bee, the Carpenter Bee does not have a fuzzy abdomen, though it may have a few short hairs here...
70
Eastern Harvestman
Harvestman are not spiders, though they resemble them in many ways. They are relatives of the spider in that they are both f...
71
Eastern Pondhawk
Pondhawks attack their insect prey with similar agility seen in their avian namesake. They are very good predators and can t...
72
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
Eastern Tiger Swallowtails have a bright tiger-like striping pattern on their wings. Males have a mostly-yellow coloring wit...
73
Eastern-Eyed Click Beetle
This species of click beetle has two large black 'eyespots' on its pronotum. They are surrounded by a thick, white ring. The...
74
Eastern-tailed Blue Butterfly
The Eastern-Tailed Blue Butterfly is a member of the Gossamer-Winged Butterfly group. They appear light and airy, floating t...
75
Emerald Ash Borer
The Emerald Ash Borer is a recent addition to the line of destructive tree-boring beetles in North America. As recently as Ju...
76
European Earwig
Contrary to popular belief, earwigs do not typically crawl into human ears to make nests or lay eggs. They also do not bite ...
77
Evergreen Bagworm Moth
What at first looks like a moving pine cone, then becomes a complete mystery to most observers unfamiliar with this family of...
78
Familiar Bluet
The Familiar Bluet is one of the brightest blue damselflies. This makes them easy to spot as they quickly dart from plant to ...
79
Feather-Legged Spider
Thick legs with long, feathery hairs on them make this spider unique. They make look ferocious, but they actually lack venom...
80
Field Cricket
Field Crickets are a common site throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada. Warm summer nights bring them out en masse...
81
Fiery Skipper
This species can be seen flying on grass (lawns), fields, bushes and forest openings. Though a butterfly, this small species ...
82
Firebrat
Firebrats are part of the same order as Silverfish. They have a long and flat silvery body with spike-like hairs protruding f...
83
Fishfly
Fishflies are part of the Alderfly and Dobsonfly group of winged insects. They are generally noticed for their large size, co...
84
Fishing Spider
Fishing Spiders are large and look menacing. Their legspan can stretch more than 75mm (3 inches), making it possible to say ...
85
Five-Banded Tiphiid Wasp
This medium-sized wasp is highly beneficial because they prey on a variety of beetles that destroy trees and flowers. The fe...
86
Flower Fly
This fly looks like a wasp and is a fine mimic. Despite similar physical appearance and even flight behavior, the Flower Fly ...
87
Forage Looper Moth
The Forage Looper Moth is brown on both forewing and hindwing. Some member of its family have brilliant and brightly colored...
88
Fork-Tailed Bush Katydid
Katydids get their name from the sound of the chirps they make. It was akin to someone calling "Katy-did, Katy-didn't" and t...
89
Formica Ant
Ants in the Formica genus have only 1 knob (bump) between the thorax and abdomen. They feed on the honeydew created by aphid...
90
German Cockroach
Smaller than American and Oriental cockroaches, German cockroaches are notorious household and industrial pests. Infesting ho...
91
Giant Stonefly
Giant Stoneflies are a narrow-bodied insect that are identifiable by their highly veined wings. These wings are very long and...
92
Giant Swallowtail Butterfly
This is the largest species of butterfly in North America. The Giant Swallowtail is immense for butterflies. Seeing one can ...
93
Giant Walkingstick
The Giant Walkingstick is the largest of all North American Walkingsticks. Walkingsticks, in general, have bodies that resemb...
94
Giant Water Bug
This is a large insect species with equally large and very noticeable foreleg pincers. They are used to catch underwater prey...
95
Golden Northern Bumble Bee
The Golden Northern Bumble Bee features an all-black head and dark wings. A black band runs across the mostly yellow thorax a...
96
Golden Tortoise Beetle
Few insects boast a gold body. This is one that can actually change its coloring at will thanks to the microscopic cavities ...
97
Goldenrod Crab Spider
This species of spider uses camouflage as its primary defense as well as offense. It will bite to protect itself as well. Go...
98
Grass Spider
Grass Spiders are common sights throughout North American summers and belong to a family of Funnel Web Weavers. Noted for...
99
Gray Hairstreak Butterfly
Adult Gray Hairstreak Butterflies can be seen in open fields, parks, woods and gardens in every state and province. When rest...
100
Gray Silverfish
These fast insects are usually found around dark, warm places inside a home (ovens, furnaces, fireplaces, bathroom vents, clo...
101
Great Golden Digger Wasp
Despite its vivid alarm coloration, the Great Golden Digger Wasp is not an aggressive species of wasp. They tend to mind the...
102
Green-Lacewing
Green Lacewings are widespread across North America. They are small and look very delicate. They are nocturnal as adults an...
103
Ground Crab Spider
Crab spiders get their name from the resemblance they share with the crustacean as they walk and when they sit at rest. Their...
104
Ground Spider
Ground Spiders are technically a group of spiders that are ambush attackers and the species Zelotes duplex is one ex...
105
Halloween Pennant
Bright orange and black spotted wings make the Halloween Pennant an easy dragonfly to spot. The coloring is similar to butte...
106
Helmeted Squash Bug
The Helmeted Squash Bug is considered a pest of plants in the squash family, like pumpkins, gourds and zucchini. Adults feed...
107
Himmelman's Plume Moth
Himmelman's Plume Moths have many distinct physical features helping observers make an identification. The long antennae are ...
108
Hister Beetle
There are a large variety of Hister Beetles and most species have not been studied. These tiny beetles can be found making h...
109
Honey Bee
Honey Bee occupations break down into one of three categories: the worker bees, the drones and the Queen Bee. Unlike wasps, ...
110
Horntail Wasp
Despite the warning colors, Horntail wasps are generally non-aggressive and (one source says) harmless. Both genders of Hornt...
111
House Centipede
House Centipedes are covered with black and yellow to white coloring. Legs appear to surround the body which consists of 15 p...
112
House Cricket
House Crickets can appear very similar to their related cousins - the Grasshopper - but can be separated by the fact that com...
113
Hover Fly
Although it looks like a wasp or bee, this species of fly cannot bite or sting. The Hover Fly is able to stay in one place as...
114
Hummingbird Moth
Fast beating wings and a furry body give the Hummingbird Moth the appearance of a small hummingbird, but the moth lacks the l...
115
Ichneumon Wasp
There are several different species of Ichneumon Wasp, each with its own color variations. Some are black and yellow, others ...
116
Imperial Moth
Few moths have both the size and colors of the Imperial Moth. That said, the two genders tend to have different ratios of ye...
117
Ivory Marked Beetle
The defining ivory spots on the top of this beetle come in pairs. They are usually found in forests or lumberyards. Adults e...
118
Japanese Beetle
The Japanese Beetle is a pest not native to the United States, let alone North America. It is believed to have arrived by way...
119
Japygid Dipluran
Diplurans are beginning to no longer be considered insects in the taxonomic community. They are currently grouped in a subphy...
120
Johnson Jumping Spider
The Johnson Jumping Spider does not build webs to catch its food. It seeks it out, wandering around until it happens upon a ...
121
Jumping Bristletail
Jumping Bristletails are tiny insects that have a hunched back like shrimp, an abdomen like a Silverfish and three 'tails' at...
122
Katydid
Katydids get their name from the perceived sound they make. Their repetitive clicks and calls sounded like someone saying, "...
123
Labyrinthine Orb Weaver Spider
The web of this spider is more like a starburst, rather than a typical orb, making it unique and easy to identify. It is a tw...
124
Large Flathead Pine Heartwood Borer Beetle
The long common name of this wood borer aptly describes much about it. It prefers coniferous forests and, particularly, the ...
125
Lattice Orbweaver Spider
The characteristics of the web are useful in identifying the Lattice Orb Weaver Spider. It also has six defined black spots ...
126
Leaf-Footed Bug
The males of this large plant-eating family have usually thick thighs, often edged with spikes. Their lower legs may be shape...
127
Least Skipper
Unlike other grass skippers, the Least Skipper is not an excellent flyer. It flutters about, as if it is struggling to stay a...
128
Locust Borer Beetle
Adult Locust Borer Beetles are often seen on the yellow flowers of goldenrod plants, feeding on its pollen in autumn. They c...
129
Long-bodied Cellar Spider
The shape of the abdomen aided in an alternate name for the Long-Bodied Cellar Spider. Although the name Daddy-Long-Legs is ...
130
Long-Jawed Orb Weaver
The Long-Jawed Orb Weaver has an incredibly long set of front of legs. The female's mouth part, the chelicerae, is also unusu...
131
Long-legged Fly
This metallic green, copper or blue fly with bright red eyes can be found wandering between leaves in a forest, flowers in a ...
132
Long-Legged Sac Spider
This pale spider is typically found in homes and offices (on ceilings, in corners, under beds, etc). They build thin silk te...
133
Lunate Zale Moth
Lunate Zales are extremely widespread throughout North America. They are large moths in the Owlet family. Their brown bodies...
134
Marbled Orb Weaver
The unique 'marbling' pattern of colors on the abdomen, as well as the orange head and black and white legs make the Marbled ...
135
Masked Hunter
The Masked Hunter is a type of Assassin Bug. This family of insects is known for its ability to inflict painful bites on peo...
136
Mealy Bug Destroyer Larvae
The unique white 'hairs' on this tiny bug often draw attention from people. These larvae are extremely useful in pest manage...
137
Metallic Crab Spider
The Metallic Crab Spider is a member of the Running Crab Spider family. They are long with skinny legs and incredibly fast. ...
138
Midges
Midges are often mistaken for mosquitoes thanks to similar size and body shape. Because they do not take blood meals, they a...
139
Milkweed Bug
Adult Milkweed Bugs do not seem to damage flowers, vegetable gardens or field crops, but they are usually found in large clus...
140
Millipede
Millipedes differ from centipedes in that their legs are paired in each body segment (except for the first three). Centipedes...
141
Monarch Butterfly
Monarch Butterflies are a common sight throughout North America, with the exception of the extreme northern regions. Their or...
142
Mottled Tortoise Beetle
The Mottled Tortoise Beetle is a member of the Leaf Beetle family. It is found on morning glory flowers, leaves and vines as...
143
Mourning Cloak Butterfly
The Mourning Cloak Butterfly has very short front legs, like all its Brush-Footed kin. They are covered in short hairs akin ...
144
Mydas Fly
This family of flies comprises some of the largest flies in North America. Some of the species can get as long as 60mm (2 in...
145
Net-Winged Beetle
This beetle resembles the firefly, but the ridges and net-like pattern of veins on their wings place them in the Lycidae fami...
146
North American Jumping Spider
Jumping spiders are opportunistic, ambush predators. They do not weave webs for catching prey though they can make spider si...
147
Northern Mole Cricket
Mole Crickets are a breed of cricket commonly found east of the Rocky Mountains with a broad range reaching from southern Can...
148
Northern Paper Wasp
Northern Paper Wasps are most commonly found in the Midwest states. They are likely to build nests near humans as that is wh...
149
Northern Walkingstick
Northern Walkingsticks are a child's favorite type of bug, if they chose to be brave enough to handle the insect. Northern Wa...
150
Notch-Tipped Flower Longhorn Beetle
The Notch-Tipped Flower Longhorn Beetle has long antennae ('horns') and feeds on pollen from a variety of flowers. They have...
151
Nursery Web Spider
The Nursery Web Spider derives its name from the good care it takes of its egg sacs. Females carry the sac with their fangs ...
152
Orb Weaver
Orb Weavers come in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes. Common traits among some include the rounded abdomen and orange-to...
153
Pandorus Sphinx Moth
This hawk moth boasts a healthy size. Some hawk moths are occasionally mistaken for small birds. They are fast fliers and no...
154
Parson Spider
The white stripe on the abdomen of the black Parson Spider is said to resemble the cravat or ruffled neck tie commonly used b...
155
Pearl Crescent Butterfly
Color variations within the species is usual, though all tend to be orange with brown and black markings. The small white sp...
156
Periodical Cicada
The Periodical Cicada is generally more well known in the Midwest as the Seventeen-Year Cicada due to their periodical emerge...
157
Picture-Winged Fly
Delphinia picta is one of central and eastern North America's most common Picture-Winged Flies. Its wings are mostly...
158
Pigeon Tremex
Although they look intimidating, the Pigeon Tremex is a horntail and is not naturally aggressive, unlike wasps. The thick, l...
159
Planthopper
Planthoppers look a lot like Leafhoppers, but they have fewer leg spines and more interesting heads. Their bodies are shaped ...
160
Plume Moth
Their thin body and 'T' shape make the Plume Moth unique. Their wings have the appearance of a bird's plume (feathers) and w...
161
Polyphemus Moth
This member of the Giant Silk Moth family is both large and furry. The antennae are also feathery. Eyespots on the wing are ...
162
Potter Wasp
Potter Wasps have nests that look like ceramic jugs or pots. They create these mud nests on twigs, branches or on the trunks...
163
Praying Mantis
The large Praying Mantis (not 'Preying' although it does that very well) got its name from the position of its forelegs. Whe...
164
Proturan
The microscopic Proturans are 6-legged creatures that live in soil. They are shorter than a typed-out exclamation mark! Hund...
165
Pseudoscorpion
Although they look like really small scorpions, Pseudoscorpions lack a tail or stinger. They have venom glands in their claws...
166
Putnam Jumping Spider
This spider is a member of the family Saliticidae. These are jumping spiders that can leap four to five times their own body...
167
Red Headed Ash Borer
Red Headed Ash Borer beetles are related to the Long Horned Borer beetles. They mimic wasps in appearance only and harmless t...
168
Red Oak Borer
The larvae of this beetle bore into weak, but still living, Red Oak and White Oak wood. Oak trees that have been cut down fo...
169
Red Pavement Ant
The colonies of the Red Pavement Ant are usually seen on sidewalks, or driveways, on concrete or asphalt. Stepping on on one ...
170
Red Spotted Ant Mimic Spider
The Red Spotted Ant Mimic Spider acts like an ant to gain better positioning when attacking prey. It walks on its back 6 leg...
171
Red-Legged Grasshopper
The Red-Legged Grasshopper flies as part of a swarm and, when they land on crops, they can decimate the field leaving the far...
172
Repetitive Tachinid Fly
Few would think that flies would be such important members of an ecosystem. Tachinid flies, though somewhat unusual in appea...
173
Reticulated Netwinged Beetle
This beetle somewhat resembles a firefly, but the ridges and pattern of veins on their wings as well as the inability to fluo...
174
Ring-Legged Earwig
The Ring-Legged Earwig is a commonly seen insect throughout North America and gets it creepy name from the false idea that th...
175
Robber Fly (Diogmites)
Robber flies eat biting flies and other flying insects like bees, butterflies and wasps. This species likes bees and dragonf...
176
Robber Fly (Efferia)
Robberflies are considered 'hanging thieves' becaue they use their arms to suspend themselves from twigs and branches and ste...
177
Robberfly (Promachus)
Robberflies eat all sorts of other flies as well as bees, wasps, beetles and butterflies. If it flies and they can catch it, ...
178
Rose Chafer
These small and slender members of the beetle family are a common pest usually associated with roses though they do eat other...
179
Rosy Apple Aphid
Rosy Apple Aphids are a huge pest in apple orchards and plantain farms. Their juice-sucking activity on the fruit trees both...
180
Running Crab Spider
These fast-moving spiders are agile enough to outrun predators as well as human hands trying to collect them. Their camoufla...
181
Running Spider
Running spiders, or sac spiders, do not form webs. Instead they hunt their prey with lightning-quick speed. They are fast an...
182
Sac Spider
When it comes to catching prey, Sac Spiders are predatory hunters, not web weavers. They use their spider silk to weave tent...
183
Saddleback Caterpillar
The Saddleback Caterpillar is covered in short hairs that sting when touched and contact can sometimes leave a rash on its hu...
184
Scarlet Malachite Beetle
Though the scarlet Malachite beetle can be found all over the Middle East and North America, efforts are underway in England ...
185
Shamrock Spider
The bold black and white legs of the Shamrock Spider lend this species a classic Halloween-look. The bulbous abdomen can var...
186
Signate Lady Beetle
Like most Lady Beetles, the Signate Lady Beetle eats many nuisance insects such as aphids, mealybugs and scales (white, cotto...
187
Silverfish
These little creatures can be found near the dark, warm places of the home (ovens, furnaces, fireplaces, bed, clothes dryer)....
188
Silver-Spotted Skipper
This ubiquitous skipper can be found in a diverse variety of habitats. They are very common everywhere in eastern North Ameri...
189
Silvery Checkerspot Butterfly
The medium-sized Silvery Checkerspot Butterfly has common orange/black/white coloration seen in many Crescent butterflies. A...
190
Six-Spotted Tiger Beetle
The metallic, vibrant green color on the Six-Spotted Tiger Beetle is punctuated by six white spots along the side edges of th...
191
Slug Caterpillar Moth
The larval form (caterpillar) of the Slug Caterpillar Moth is unlike the typical, tubular caterpillar. Its flattened body is...
192
Small Carpenter Bee
This small bee resembles a wingless-ant. They are industrious and hard-working all spring and summer long. They can be found...
193
Small House Fly
Male Small House Flies form swarms in the summer. Females lay their eggs in animal/human feces or on dead and decaying anima...
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Small-Eyed Sphinx Moth
A member of the Hawk Moth family, the size of this species is startling. Females can average 3" while males are usually smal...
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Snow Mosquito
The Snow Mosquito is a special species of mosquito commonly limited to northern portions of the United States. The Snow Mosqu...
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Soldier Beetle
Commonly found in parks and fields, this genus of beetle feeds on aphids. They are usually spotted on flowers, especially Gol...
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Sowbug Killer Spider
This spider's favorite meal is the sowbug, also known as pill bug, wood louse, or roly poly, depending on where you live. Th...
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Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly
This species of butterfly can be found in gardens and at the edges of forests. Its coloration resembles that of the Pipevine ...
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Spider Wasp
Spider Wasps are wasps that hunt spiders. This species will attack a jumping spider and paralyze it. The wasp may even pull...
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Spined Micrathena Spider
The ridges on the abdomen of the female spider are believed to render it unappetizing to predators. The pointy spines would h...
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Spiny Backed Orb Weaver
The spines on the side of this female spider make it unique and easy to recognize. Males are considerably smaller than femal...
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Spotted Camel Cricket
The high arching 'back' of this cricket helped name it. This species is found in forests, under rocks and even in basements....
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Spotted Cucumber Beetle
Despite its attractive appearance, the Spotted Cucumber Beetle is a bane to those growing food. Both adults and larvae of th...
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Spotted Orb Weaver
Spotted Orb Weavers spin orb-shaped webs that are up to 2 feet in diameter. During the day, they usually hide in a curled lea...
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Spotted Tree Borer Beetle
Eggs for the Spotted Tree Borer are laid by females on a variety of weakened trees like oak, maple, willow, apple, pear and p...
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Spur-throated Grasshopper
Spur-Throated Grasshoppers (part of the Short-horned Grasshopper family) are the most common species of grasshopper in all of...
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Squash Bug
Squash bugs are similar in appearance to Stink bugs. Both emit an odor when crushed, but squash bugs tend to feed on melons ...
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Stag Beetle
Common east of the Mississippi, Stag Beetles are noted for their large size and ferocious appearance, complete with a durable...
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Thin-Legged Wolf Spider
This genus of wolf spiders can be found throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada. They are dark and can have striped,...
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Thread-Waisted Wasp
The incredibly skinny waistline of this wasp helped name it. As a Sphecid Wasp, it hunts and lives alone. Coloring on the ab...
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Three Lined Potato Beetle
This species larvae feed on the leaves of potato plants, nightshades like peppers, eggplant and tomatoes as well as tomatillo...
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Tick
Ticks are parasites that feed off the blood of a host. As they feed, they release anticoagulants, chemicals that prevent bloo...
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Tiger Bee Fly
The widespread Tiger Bee Fly has a long proboscis that could make it easy to mistake for a mosquito. The large size and fuzzy...
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Trashline Orb Weaver
The name of this spider stems from its thicker line of silk in the web (stabilimentum). The purpose of the stablimentum has n...
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Treehopper
Treehoppers come in a variety of colors. There are many genera and each has a color and pattern variation or region of domin...
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Triangulate Cob Web Spider
The triangular pattern on the abdomen helped name this spider. It is a common house spider, hiding in dark corners of rooms ...
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Tri-Colored Bumble Bee
While most bumble bees adhere to the typical yellow/black coloration, this particular species has a flourish of bright orange...
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Tuft-Legged Orb Weaver
The fine, mesh web of the Tuft-Legged Orb Weaver is a bit different than other orb weavers. The tighter lace constructions ha...
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Varied Carpet Beetle
Adults can be found outdoors where they feed on pollen from a variety of flowers. Their larvae, however, can become pests ins...
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Venusta Orchard Spider
Common in forested areas, this colorful spider almost appears to be painted. The abdomen can be a variety of color combinatio...
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Vine Sphinx Moth
The Vine Sphinx Moth has a sleek, striking pattern of lines and stripes on its forewings that is best observed when they are ...
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Walnut Sphinx Moth
Native to deciduous woodlands, Walnut Sphinx Moths are highly common throughout Missouri with limited appearances in certain ...
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Wasp Moth
This moth mimics the coloring of a wasp as a measure of protection. Predators are less likely to attack if they believe they...
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Water Springtail
This microscopic hexapod is tiny enough to require a microscope in order to see it in detail. A swarm of hundreds of them is...
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Weevil Wasp
Members of the genus Cerceris are hunters and gatherers of weevils and other beetles. Females dig nests in the ground along ...
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Western Conifer Seed Bug
Western Conifer Seed Bugs originated on the West Coast of the U.S., but have migrated east all the way to Atlantic states and...
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Wheel Bug
This large insect is well-noted for its incredibly painful bite when disturbed or nonchalantly handled. A member of the Assas...
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White Oak Borer Beetle
This species of beetle is partial to white oak trees, sometimes becoming serious pests. The adult female will lay her eggs on...
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White-lined Sphinx Moth
Sphinx moths are larger than most moths. The White-Lined Sphinx Moth is no exception. Their forewings are mostly brown but ...
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White-Spotted Sawyer Beetle
One white spot at the top of the elytra (wing covering) marks this black beetle. Smaller white speckling may be visible on t...
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Widow Skimmer
Widow Skimmers live near warm waters. The water source could be a pond, marsh, small lake or lagoon. Water is necessary for...
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Wolf Spider
The Wolf Spider hunts at night, spending the daytime hiding in a burrow under stones, logs or other undisturbed places. They ...
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Woodland Jumping Spider
Jumping spiders are known for their fantastic ability to leap across large air spaces. The Woodland Jumping Spider is an agil...
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Yellow Jacket
Yellow Jackets are easily distinguishable by their yellow and black coloring. They area common sight throughout all of North...
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Yellow Sac Spider
This albino-looking spider is commonly found in homes, high up on walls or crawling on ceilings. Yellow Sac Spiders usually ...
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