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 (or changes to existing 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 left. 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 If you see outdated taxonomic information in the ESA Common Names list, you can help by notifying the committee at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
apple aphid Aphis pomi De Geer HEMIPTERA Aphididae De Geer Aphis pomi
apple grain aphid Rhopalosiphum oxyacanthae (Schrank) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Schrank) Rhopalosiphum oxyacanthae
araucaria aphid Neophyllaphis araucariae Takahashi HEMIPTERA Aphididae Takahashi Neophyllaphis araucariae
asparagus aphid Brachycorynella asparagi (Mordvilko) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Mordvilko) Brachycorynella asparagi
balsam twig aphid Mindarus pinicola (Thomas) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Thomas) Mindarus pinicola 2020-02-04 12:00
banana aphid Pentalonia nigronervosa Coquerel HEMIPTERA Aphididae Coquerel Pentalonia nigronervosa
banyan aphid Reticulaphis fici (Takahashi) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Takahashi) Reticulaphis fici 2020-02-04 12:00
bean aphid Aphis fabae Scopoli HEMIPTERA Aphididae Scopoli Aphis fabae
beech blight aphid Grylloprociphilus imbricator (Fitch) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Fitch) Grylloprociphilus imbricator
bird cherry-oat aphid Rhopalosiphum padi (Linnaeus) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Linnaeus) Rhopalosiphum padi
black cherry aphid Myzus cerasi (Fabricius) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Fabricius) Myzus cerasi
black citrus aphid Aphis aurantii Boyer de Fonscolombe HEMIPTERA Aphididae Boyer de Fonscolombe Aphis aurantii 2020-02-04 12:00
black peach aphid Brachycaudus persicae (Passerini) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Passerini) Brachycaudus persicae
black pecan aphid Melanocallis caryaefoliae (Davis) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Davis) Melanocallis caryaefoliae
blackmargined aphid Monellia caryella (Fitch) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Fitch) Monellia caryella
boxelder aphid Periphyllus negundinis (Thomas) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Thomas) Periphyllus negundinis
brown citrus aphid Aphis citricidus (Kirkaldy) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Kirkaldy) Aphis citricidus 2020-02-04 12:00
buckthorn aphid Aphis nasturtii Kaltenbach HEMIPTERA Aphididae Kaltenbach Aphis nasturtii
cabbage aphid Brevicoryne brassicae (Linnaeus) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Linnaeus) Brevicoryne brassicae
caragana aphid Acyrthosiphon caraganae (Cholodkovsky) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Cholodkovsky) Acyrthosiphon caraganae
Carolina conifer aphid Cinara atlantica (Wilson) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Wilson) Cinara atlantica
celery aphid Semiaphis heraclei Takahashi HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Takahashi) Semiaphis heraclei 2020-02-04 12:00
chrysanthemum aphid Macrosiphoniella sanborni (Gillette) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Gillette) Macrosiphoniella sanborni
clover aphid Nearctaphis bakeri (Cowen) HEMIPTERA Aphididae (Cowen) Nearctaphis bakeri
clover aphid parasite Aphelinus lapisligni Howard HYMENOPTERA Aphelinidae Howard Aphelinus lapisligni 2023-11-13 12:00