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Scientific Names of Insects

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

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').
Melanoplus bivittatus
Dissostiera carolina
Gryllus texensis
Snowy Tree Cricket
Oecanthus fultoni
Stictocephala bisonia
Pterophylla camellifolia
Mantis religiosa
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
Pterourus glaucus
Danaus plexippus
Apantesis Tiger Moth
Apantesis phalerata
Sheep Moth
Hemileuca eglanterina
Underwing Moths
Catocala relicta
Hummingbird Clearwing
Hemaris thysbe
Woolly Bear Caterpillar
Pyrrharctia isabella
Latrodectus mactans
Argiope aurantia
Family lycosidae
Achaearanea tepidariorum
Agelenopsis aperta
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