Residents invited to learn about zombie insects, aquatic vampires, other creepy critters

The lamprey uses its many circular rows of sharp teeth to attach itself to a variety of fish and consume the body fluids of its host - like an aquatic vampire. Learn more during MDC's "Halloween Special" Wild Webcast on Creepy Critters.

Urban Wildlife Biologist Erin Shank from Powder Valley Nature Center will share her insights and expertise on some of the creepy critters that call Missouri home, such as lampreys, spider wasps, robber flies, horsehair worms, bats, vultures and tarantulas.

Residents can register for the free webcast on creepy critters at Registered participants will get email reminders and a link to join the live webcast. The webcast will start at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 20. 

Residents can watch previous Missouri Department of Conservation webcasts on a variety of conservation topics online at