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.


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Common Name Scientific Name Order Family Author Genus Species notes
black lady beetle Rhyzobius ventralis (Erichson) COLEOPTERA Coccinellidae (Erichson) Rhyzobius ventralis
common Australian lady beetle Coelophora inaequalis (Fabricius) COLEOPTERA Coccinellidae (Fabricius) Coelophora inaequalis
convergent lady beetle Hippodamia convergens Guérin-Méneville COLEOPTERA Coccinellidae Guérin-Méneville Hippodamia convergens
little brown mealybug destroyer Nephus sordidus (Horn) COLEOPTERA Coccinellidae (Horn) Nephus sordidus
mealybug destroyer Cryptolaemus montrouzieri Mulsant COLEOPTERA Coccinellidae Mulsant Cryptolaemus montrouzieri
Mexican bean beetle Epilachna varivestis Mulsant COLEOPTERA Coccinellidae Mulsant Epilachna varivestis
multicolored Asian lady beetle Harmonia axyridis (Pallas) COLEOPTERA Coccinellidae (Pallas) Harmonia axyridis
ninespotted lady beetle Coccinella novemnotata Herbst COLEOPTERA Coccinellidae Herbst Coccinella novemnotata
orthezia lady beetle Hyperaspis jocosa (Mulsant) COLEOPTERA Coccinellidae (Mulsant) Hyperaspis jocosa
sevenspotted lady beetle Coccinella septempunctata Linnaeus COLEOPTERA Coccinellidae Linnaeus Coccinella septempunctata
sinuate lady beetle Hippodamia sinuata Mulsant COLEOPTERA Coccinellidae Mulsant Hippodamia sinuata
spider mite destroyer Stethorus punctum picipes Casey COLEOPTERA Coccinellidae Casey Stethorus punctum picipes
squash beetle Epilachna borealis (Fabricius) COLEOPTERA Coccinellidae (Fabricius) Epilachna borealis
steelblue lady beetle Halmus chalybeus (Boisduval) COLEOPTERA Coccinellidae (Boisduval) Halmus chalybeus
tenspotted lady beetle Bothrocalvia pupillata (Swartz) COLEOPTERA Coccinellidae (Swartz) Coelophora pupillata
thirteenspotted lady beetle Hippodamia tredecimpunctata tibialis (Say) COLEOPTERA Coccinellidae (Say) Hippodamia tredecimpunctata tibialis
threestriped lady beetle Brumoides suturalis (Fabricius) COLEOPTERA Coccinellidae (Fabricius) Brumoides suturalis
transverse lady beetle Coccinella transversoguttata richardsoni Brown COLEOPTERA Coccinellidae Brown Coccinella transversoguttata richardsoni
twicestabbed lady beetle Chilocorus stigma (Say) COLEOPTERA Coccinellidae (Say) Chilocorus stigma
twospotted lady beetle Adalia bipunctata (Linnaeus) COLEOPTERA Coccinellidae (Linnaeus) Adalia bipunctata
vedalia Rodolia cardinalis (Mulsant) COLEOPTERA Coccinellidae (Mulsant) Rodolia cardinalis
yellowshouldered lady beetle Scymnodes lividigaster (Mulsant) COLEOPTERA Coccinellidae (Mulsant) Scymnodes lividigaster