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.
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 If you see outdated taxonomic information in the ESA Common Names list, you can help by notifying the committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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|Common Name||Scientific Name||Order||Family||Author||Genus||Species||notes||Date Taxonomy Last Checked|
|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|