Kansas has intriguing species from army worms to Hercules beetles

The Fall Armyworm got that name because its species move across fields together like an army.

Mudpuppies get that name because of the “somewhat embellished idea that their squeaky vocalizations sound like a dog’s bark,” according to National Geographic.

Those are two of several intriguing animals found in Kansas, and others include the Bold Jumping Spider, Eastern Hercules Beetle, and Wilson’s Snipe.

Here’s more about those five compelling creatures.

the army worm

Fall armyworms invade fields or landscapes in large groups and can cause a lawn to brown at night, sometimes eating the grass to the ground.

The species undergoes a metamorphosis during its life from egg to larvae, pupa and adult moth. It damages crops in the larval stage.

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