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Scientific Names of Insects

Below is a listing of several main insects by name and by scientific name. These scientific names, usually derived from Latin, are put together from words that represent what the insect is or what it can do.

Typical Name Scientific Name
Spur-Throated Grasshoppers Melanoplus bivittatus
Carolina Locust Dissostiera carolina
Field Crickets Gryllus texensis
Snowy Tree Cricket Oecanthus fultoni
Buffalo Treehoppers Stictocephala bisonia
True Katydid Pterophylla camellifolia
Praying Mantis Mantis religiosa
Luna Moth Actias luna
European Cabbage Butterfly Artogeia rapae
Spring Azure Celastrina ladon
Large Wood Nymph Cercyonis pegala
Silver-Spotted Skipper Epargyyreus clarus
Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta
Least Skipperling Ancyloxypha numitor
Tiger Swallowtail Pterourus glaucus
Monarch Danaus plexippus
Apantesis Tiger Moth Apantesis phalerata
Sheep Moth Hemileuca eglanterina
Underwing Moths Catocala relicta
Hummingbird Clearwing Hemaris thysbe
Woolly Bear Caterpillar Pyrrharctia isabella
Black Widow Spider Latrodectus mactans
Black and Yellow Argiope Argiope aurantia
Wolf Spider Family lycosidae
American House Spider Achaearanea tepidariorum
Grass Spider Agelenopsis aperta


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