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 If you see outdated taxonomic information in the ESA Common Names list, you can help by notifying the committee at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
Sitka bumble bee Bombus sitkensis Nylander HYMENOPTERA Apidae Nylander Bombus sitkensis
Sonoran bumble bee Bombus pensylvanicus subsp. sonorus Say HYMENOPTERA Apidae Say Bombus pensylvanicus subsp. sonorus
southern plains bumble bee Bombus fraternus (Smith) HYMENOPTERA Apidae (Smith) Bombus fraternus
tricolored bumble bee Bombus ternarius (Say) HYMENOPTERA Apidae (Say) Bombus ternarius
twospotted bumble bee Bombus bimaculatus (Cresson) HYMENOPTERA Apidae (Cresson) Bombus bimaculatus
van Dyke bumble bee Bombus vandykei Frison HYMENOPTERA Apidae Frison Bombus vandykei
variable cuckoo bumble bee Bombus variabilis (Cresson) HYMENOPTERA Apidae (Cresson) Bombus variabilis
Vosnesensky bumble bee Bombus vosnesenskii Radoszkowski HYMENOPTERA Apidae Radoszkowski Bombus vosnesenskii
white-shouldered bumble bee Bombus appositus Cresson HYMENOPTERA Apidae Cresson Bombus appositus
yellow bumble bee Bombus fervidus (Fabricius) HYMENOPTERA Apidae (Fabricius) Bombus fervidus
yellow head bumble bee Bombus flavifrons Cresson HYMENOPTERA Apidae Cresson Bombus flavifrons
yellowbanded bumble bee Bombus terricola (Kirby) HYMENOPTERA Apidae (Kirby) Bombus terricola