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Scientific Names of Insects

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 1/22/2015

Going beyond their nicknames and common names, all insects carry a scientific name.

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Below is a listing of several common insects by both their name and by their assigned scientific name. These scientific names, usually derived from Latin, are generally pieced together from words that represent what the insect is or what it can do ("Praying Mantis" = "Mantis religiosa".


NAME
SCIENTIFIC NAME
Spur-Throated Grasshopper
Melanoplus bivittatus
Carolina Locust
Dissostiera carolina
Field Cricket
Gryllus texensis
Snowy Tree Cricket
Oecanthus fultoni
Buffalo Treehopper
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 Butterfly
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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