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 If you see outdated taxonomic information in the ESA Common Names list, you can help by notifying the committee at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
clover aphid Nearctaphis bakeri (Cowen) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Cowen) Nearctaphis bakeri
clover aphid parasite Aphelinus lapisligni Howard HYMENOPTERA Encyrtidae Howard Aphelinus lapisligni
corn leaf aphid Rhopalosiphum maidis (Fitch) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Fitch) Rhopalosiphum maidis
corn root aphid* Protaphis middletoni (Thomas) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Thomas) Protaphis middletoni *Also called erigeron root aphid. 2020-02-04
cotton aphid* Aphis gossypii Glover HEMIPTERA Aphididae Glover Aphis gossypii *Also called melon aphid
cowpea aphid Aphis craccivora Koch HEMIPTERA Aphididae Koch Aphis craccivora
crapemyrtle aphid Sarucallis kahawaluokalani (Kirkaldy) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Kirkaldy) Sarucallis kahawaluokalani
crescentmarked lily aphid Neomyzus circumflexus (Buckton) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Buckton) Neomyzus circumflexus 2020-02-04
currant aphid Cryptomyzus ribis (Linnaeus) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Linnaeus) Cryptomyzus ribis
elm cockscombgall aphid Colopha ulmicola (Fitch) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Fitch) Colopha ulmicola
elm leaf aphid Tinocallis ulmifolii (Monell) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Monell) Tinocallis ulmifolii
English grain aphid Sitobion avenae (Fabricius) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Fabricius) Sitobion avenae
erigeron root aphid* Protaphis middletoni (Thomas) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Thomas) Protaphis middletoni *Also called corn root aphid. 2020-02-04
fern aphid Idiopterus nephrelepidis Davis HEMIPTERA Aphididae Davis Idiopterus nephrelepidis
filbert aphid Myzocallis coryli (Goeze) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Goeze) Myzocallis coryli
foxglove aphid Aulacorthum solani (Kaltenbach) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Kaltenbach) Aulacorthum solani
fringed orchid aphid Cerataphis orchidearum (Westwood) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Westwood) Cerataphis orchidearum
giant bark aphid Longistigma caryae (Harris) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Harris) Longistigma caryae
goldenglow aphid Uroleucon rudbeckiae (Fitch) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Fitch) Uroleucon rudbeckiae
gooseberry witchbroom aphid Nasonovia houghtonensis (Troop) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Troop) Nasonovia houghtonensis 2020-02-04
grapevine aphid Aphis illinoisensis Shimer HEMIPTERA Aphididae Shimer Aphis illinoisensis
green peach aphid Myzus persicae (Sulzer) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Sulzer) Myzus persicae
green spruce aphid Cinara fornacula Hottes HEMIPTERA Aphididae Hottes Cinara fornacula
hop aphid Phorodon humuli (Schrank) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Schrank) Phorodon humuli
ivy aphid Aphis hederae Kaltenbach HEMIPTERA Aphididae Kaltenbach Aphis hederae