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 If you see outdated taxonomic information in the ESA Common Names list, you can help by notifying the committee at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
western wheat aphid Diuraphis tritici (Gillette) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Gillette) Diuraphis tritici
white pine aphid Cinara strobi (Fitch) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Fitch) Cinara strobi
woolly alder aphid Prociphilus tessellatus (Fitch) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Fitch) Prociphilus tessellatus
woolly apple aphid Eriosoma lanigerum (Hausmann) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Hausmann) Eriosoma lanigerum
woolly elm aphid Eriosoma americanum (Riley) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Riley) Eriosoma americanum
woolly pear aphid Eriosoma pyricola Baker & Davidson HEMIPTERA Aphididae Baker & Davidson Eriosoma pyricola
yellow clover aphid Therioaphis trifolii (Monell) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Monell) Therioaphis trifolii
yellow pecan aphid Monelliopsis pecanis Bissell HEMIPTERA Aphididae Bissell Monelliopsis pecanis
yellow rose aphid Rhodobium porosum (Sanderson) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Sanderson) Rhodobium porosum
yellow sugarcane aphid Sipha flava (Forbes) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Forbes) Sipha flava