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.
Enter a search term in one or more of the filter fields above and click APPLY to see the results.
|Common Name||Scientific Name||Order||Family||Author||Genus||Species||notes|
|southern black widow spider||Latrodectus mactans (Fabricius)||ARANEAE||Theridiidae||(Fabricius)||Latrodectus||mactans|
|western black widow spider||Latrodectus hesperus Chamberlin & Ivie||ARANEAE||Theridiidae||Chamberlin & Ivie||Latrodectus||hesperus|