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.

Our understanding of taxonomy evolves over time, and although the Committee on the Common Names of Insects does work to update the taxonomic information included in the ESA Common Names database, sometimes the committee is not aware of recent changes. If you see outdated taxonomic information in the ESA Common Names list, you can help by notifying the committee at

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Common Name Scientific Name Order Family Author Genus Species notes Date Taxonomy Last Checked
American cockroach Periplaneta americana (Linnaeus) BLATTODEA Blattidae (Linnaeus) Periplaneta americana
arid land subterranean termite Reticulitermes tibialis Banks BLATTODEA Rhinotermitidae Banks Reticulitermes tibialis
Asian cockroach Blattella asahinai Mizukubo BLATTODEA Blattellidae Mizukubo Blattella asahinai
Asian subterranean termite Coptotermes gestroi BLATTODEA Rhinotermitidae (Wasmann) Coptotermes gestroi
Australian cockroach Periplaneta australasiae (Fabricius) BLATTODEA Blattidae (Fabricius) Periplaneta australasiae
brown cockroach Periplaneta brunnea Burmeister BLATTODEA Blattidae Burmeister Periplaneta brunnea
brownbanded cockroach Supella longipalpa (Fabricius) BLATTODEA Blattellidae (Fabricius) Supella longipalpa
cinereous cockroach Nauphoeta cinerea (Olivier) BLATTODEA Blaberidae (Olivier) Nauphoeta cinerea
conehead termite Nasutitermes corniger (Motschulsky) BLATTODEA Termitidae (Motschulsky) Nasutitermes corniger
Cuban cockroach Panchlora nivea (Linnaeus) BLATTODEA Blaberidae (Linnaeus) Panchlora nivea
eastern subterranean termite Reticulitermes flavipes (Kollar) BLATTODEA Rhinotermitidae (Kollar) Reticulitermes flavipes
false German cockroach Blattella lituricollis (Walker) BLATTODEA Blattellidae (Walker) Blattella lituricollis
forest tree termite Neotermes connexus Snyder BLATTODEA Kalotermitidae Snyder Neotermes connexus
Formosan subterranean termite Coptotermes formosanus Shiraki BLATTODEA Rhinotermitidae Shiraki Coptotermes formosanus
German cockroach Blattella germanica (Linnaeus) BLATTODEA Blattellidae (Linnaeus) Blattella germanica
harlequin cockroach Neostylopyga rhombifolia (Stoll) BLATTODEA Blattidae (Stoll) Neostylopyga rhombifolia
lowland tree termite Incisitermes immigrans (Snyder) BLATTODEA Kalotermitidae (Snyder) Incisitermes immigrans
Madeira cockroach Rhyparobia maderae (Fabricius) BLATTODEA Blaberidae (Fabricius) Rhyparobia maderae
oriental cockroach Blatta orientalis Linnaeus BLATTODEA Blattidae Linnaeus Blatta orientalis
Pacific beetle cockroach Diploptera punctata (Eschscholtz) BLATTODEA Blaberidae (Eschscholtz) Diploptera punctata
Pacific cockroach Euthyrrhapha pacifica (Coquebert) BLATTODEA Polyphagidae (Coquebert) Euthyrrhapha pacifica
Pacific dampwood termite Zootermopsis angusticollis (Hagen) BLATTODEA Termopsidae (Hagen) Zootermopsis angusticollis
smokybrown cockroach Periplaneta fuliginosa (Serville) BLATTODEA Blattidae (Serville) Periplaneta fuliginosa
spotted Mediterranean cockroach Ectobius pallidus (Olivier) BLATTODEA Blattellidae (Olivier) Ectobius pallidus
Surinam cockroach Pycnoscelus surinamensis (Linnaeus) BLATTODEA Blaberidae (Linnaeus) Pycnoscelus surinamensis