Updated 11:52 a.m.
The endangered American burying beetle could be making its way to a southwestern Missouri prairie.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to work with the St. Louis Zoo to reintroduce the colorful beetle to Wah-Kon-Tah Prairie in St. Clair and Cedar counties.
The Zoo has a population of the beetles. Zoo officials say they have not been seen in Missouri in more than two decades.
(You might remember this earlier feature from our own Véronique LaCapra on the about some dedicated supporters in St. Louis joining a nationwide effort to save the insect).
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