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
apple aphid Aphis pomi De Geer HEMIPTERA Aphididae De Geer Aphis pomi
apple grain aphid Rhopalosiphum oxyacanthae (Schrank) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Schrank) Rhopalosiphum oxyacanthae
araucaria aphid Neophyllaphis araucariae Takahashi HEMIPTERA Aphididae Takahashi Neophyllaphis araucariae
asparagus aphid Brachycorynella asparagi (Mordvilko) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Mordvilko) Brachycorynella asparagi
balsam twig aphid Mindarus abietinus Koch HEMIPTERA Aphididae Koch Mindarus abietinus
banana aphid Pentalonia nigronervosa Coquerel HEMIPTERA Aphididae Coquerel Pentalonia nigronervosa
banyan aphid Thoracaphis fici (Takahashi) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Takahashi) Thoracaphis fici
bean aphid Aphis fabae Scopoli HEMIPTERA Aphididae Scopoli Aphis fabae
beech blight aphid Grylloprociphilus imbricator (Fitch) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Fitch) Grylloprociphilus imbricator
bird cherry-oat aphid Rhopalosiphum padi (Linnaeus) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Linnaeus) Rhopalosiphum padi
black cherry aphid Myzus cerasi (Fabricius) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Fabricius) Myzus cerasi
black citrus aphid Toxoptera aurantii (Boyer de Fonscolombe) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Boyer de Fonscolombe) Toxoptera aurantii
black peach aphid Brachycaudus persicae (Passerini) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Passerini) Brachycaudus persicae
black pecan aphid Melanocallis caryaefoliae (Davis) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Davis) Melanocallis caryaefoliae
blackmargined aphid Monellia caryella (Fitch) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Fitch) Monellia caryella
blue alfalfa aphid Acyrthosiphon kondoi Shinji HEMIPTERA Aphididae Shinji Acyrthosiphon kondoi
boxelder aphid Periphyllus negundinis (Thomas) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Thomas) Periphyllus negundinis
brown citrus aphid Toxoptera citricidus (Kirkaldy) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Kirkaldy) Toxoptera citricidus
buckthorn aphid Aphis nasturtii Kaltenbach HEMIPTERA Aphididae Kaltenbach Aphis nasturtii
cabbage aphid Brevicoryne brassicae (Linnaeus) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Linnaeus) Brevicoryne brassicae
cannabis aphid Phorodon cannabis HEMIPTERA Aphididae Passerini Phorodon cannabis
caragana aphid Acyrthosiphon caraganae (Cholodkovsky) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Cholodkovsky) Acyrthosiphon caraganae
Carolina conifer aphid Cinara atlantica (Wilson) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Wilson) Cinara atlantica
celery aphid Semiaphis heraclei Takahashi HEMIPTERA Aphididae Takahashi Semiaphis heraclei
chrysanthemum aphid Macrosiphoniella sanborni (Gillette) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Gillette) Macrosiphoniella sanborni

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