Common Names of Insects Database

The ESA Common Names database is an essential reference for anyone who works with insects. It includes more than 2,000 common names and is searchable by common name, scientific name, author, order, family, genus, and species.

Interested individuals may propose new common names by submitting the Common Names Proposal Form that is reviewed by the Committee on the Common Names of Insects and voted on by the ESA Governing Board. Detailed information on the submission and approval process is available through the links in the sidebar to the right.


Enter a search term in one or more of the filter fields above and click APPLY to see the results.

Common Name Scientific Name Order Family Author Genus Species notes
aerial yellowjacket Dolichovespula arenaria (Fabricius) HYMENOPTERA Vespidae (Fabricius) Dolichovespula arenaria
eastern yellowjacket Vespula maculifrons (Buysson) HYMENOPTERA Vespidae (Buysson) Vespula maculifrons
German yellowjacket Vespula germanica (Fabricius) HYMENOPTERA Vespidae (Fabricius) Vespula germanica
western yellowjacket Vespula pensylvanica (Saussure) HYMENOPTERA Vespidae (Saussure) Vespula pensylvanica