The following new insect common name was recently approved by the ESA Committee on Common Names and is being submitted to the ESA membership for comment. Please submit any comments to the ESA Committee on Common Names by filling out this form by February 8, 2022. 

Proposed common name: spongy moth
Scientific name: Lymantria dispar
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Erebidae

Read the full proposal, which includes information about the new name and the process that led to the proposal. 

Then, comment on the proposed name

For a distilled explanation of the new name and the renaming process, read ESA's announcement

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