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 If you see outdated taxonomic information in the ESA Common Names list, you can help by notifying the committee at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
larch aphid Cinara laricis (Hartig) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Hartig) Cinara laricis
lettuce root aphid Pemphigus bursarius (Linnaeus) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Linnaeus) Pemphigus bursarius
manzanita leafgall aphid Tamalia coweni (Cockerell) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Cockerell) Tamalia coweni
mealy plum aphid Hyalopterus pruni (Geoffroy) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Geoffroy) Hyalopterus pruni
melon aphid* Aphis gossypii Glover HEMIPTERA Aphididae Glover Aphis gossypii *Also called cotton aphid
mint aphid Ovatus crataegarius (Walker) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Walker) Ovatus crataegarius
Norway maple aphid Periphyllus lyropictus (Kessler) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Kessler) Periphyllus lyropictus
oleander aphid Aphis nerii Boyer de Fonscolombe HEMIPTERA Aphididae Boyer de Fonscolombe Aphis nerii
onion aphid Neotoxoptera formosana (Takahashi) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Takahashi) Neotoxoptera formosana
orchid aphid Sitobion luteum (Buckton) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Buckton) Sitobion luteum
ornate aphid Myzus ornatus Laing HEMIPTERA Aphididae Laing Myzus ornatus
painted maple aphid Drepanaphis acerifoliae (Thomas) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Thomas) Drepanaphis acerifoliae
pea aphid Acyrthosiphon pisum (Harris) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Harris) Acyrthosiphon pisum
podocarpus aphid Neophyllaphis podocarpi Takahashi HEMIPTERA Aphididae Takahashi Neophyllaphis podocarpi
poplar petiolegall aphid Pemphigus populitransversus Riley HEMIPTERA Aphididae Riley Pemphigus populitransversus
poplar twig gall aphid Pemphigus populiramulorum Riley HEMIPTERA Aphididae Riley Pemphigus populiramulorum
poplar vagabond aphid Mordwilkoja vagabunda (Walsh) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Walsh) Mordwilkoja vagabunda 2020-02-04
potato aphid Macrosiphum euphorbiae (Thomas) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Thomas) Macrosiphum euphorbiae
privet aphid Myzus ligustri (Mosley) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Mosley) Myzus ligustri
purplespotted lily aphid Macrosiphum lilii (Monell) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Monell) Macrosiphum lilii
rice root aphid Rhopalosiphum rufiabdominale (Sasaki) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Sasaki) Rhopalosiphum rufiabdominale
rose aphid Macrosiphum rosae (Linnaeus) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Linnaeus) Macrosiphum rosae
rosy apple aphid Dysaphis plantaginea (Passerini) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Passerini) Dysaphis plantaginea
Russian wheat aphid Diuraphis noxia (Mordvilko) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Mordvilko) Diuraphis noxia 2020-02-04
rusty banded aphid Dysaphis apiifolia (Theobald) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Theobald) Dysaphis apiifolia