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 If you see outdated taxonomic information in the ESA Common Names list, you can help by notifying the committee at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
rusty plum aphid Hysteroneura setariae (Thomas) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Thomas) Hysteroneura setariae
shallot aphid Myzus ascalonicus Doncaster HEMIPTERA Aphididae Doncaster Myzus ascalonicus
snowball aphid Ceruraphis viburnicola (Gillette) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Gillette) Ceruraphis viburnicola 2020-02-04
sow thistle aphid Hyperomyzus lactucae (Linnaeus) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Linnaeus) Hyperomyzus lactucae
soybean aphid Aphis glycines Matsumura HEMIPTERA Aphididae Matsumura Aphis glycines
spiny grass aphid Sipha elegans (del Guercio) HEMIPTERA Aphididae Del Guercio Sipha elegans 2020-02-04
spirea aphid Aphis spiraecola Patch HEMIPTERA Aphididae Patch Aphis spiraecola
spotted alfalfa aphid Therioaphis trifolii forma maculata (Buckton) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Buckton) Therioaphis trifolii forma maculata
spruce aphid Elatobium abietinum (Walker) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Walker) Elatobium abietinum
strawberry aphid Chaetosiphon fragaefolii (Cockerell) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Cockerell) Chaetosiphon fragaefolii
strawberry root aphid Aphis forbesi Weed HEMIPTERA Aphididae Weed Aphis forbesi
sugarbeet root aphid Pemphigus populivenae Fitch HEMIPTERA Aphididae Fitch Pemphigus populivenae
sugarcane aphid Melanaphis sacchari (Zehntner) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Zehntner) Melanaphis sacchari
sweetclover aphid Therioaphis riehmi (Börner) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Börner) Therioaphis riehmi
taro root aphid Patchiella reaumuri (Kaltenbach) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Kaltenbach) Patchiella reaumuri
thistle aphid Brachycaudus cardui (Linnaeus) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Linnaeus) Brachycaudus cardui
tobacco aphid Myzus persicae ssp. nicotianae Blackman HEMIPTERA Aphididae Blackman Myzus persicae ssp. nicotianae
tulip bulb aphid Dysaphis tulipae (Boyer de Fonscolombe) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Boyer de Fonscolombe) Dysaphis tulipae
tuliptree aphid Illinoia liriodendri (Monell) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Monell) Illinoia liriodendri
turnip aphid Lipaphis pseudobrassicae (Davis) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Davis) Lipaphis pseudobrassicae
viburnum aphid Aphis viburniphila Patch HEMIPTERA Aphididae Patch Aphis viburniphila
violet aphid Neotoxoptera violae (Pergande) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Pergande) Neotoxoptera violae
walnut aphid Chromaphis juglandicola (Kaltenbach) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Kaltenbach) Chromaphis juglandicola
waterlily aphid Rhopalosiphum nymphaeae (Linnaeus) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Linnaeus) Rhopalosiphum nymphaeae
western lily aphid Ericaphis scoliopi (Essig) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Essig) Ericaphis scoliopi