The Insect Index - Sorted by Scientific Names

An Index to Insects and Non-Insect Arthropods

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Read more about these insects and non-insect arthropods! The following insect and other arthropod profiles are now available on the Guide to Insects:

Class Arachnida


Acari (mites and ticks)
Araneae (spiders)
Opiliones (daddy longlegs)
Pseudoscorpiones (pseudoscorpions)
Scorpiones (scorpions)
Solifugae (windscorpions)


Ixodida (ticks)


Araneidae (orb weavers)
Lycosidae (wolf spiders)
Oxyopidae (lynx spiders)
Pholcidae (cellar spiders)
Pisauridae (nursery web and fishing spiders)
Salticidae (jumping spiders)
Theraphosidae (tarantulas)
Theridiidae (cobweb spiders)


Latrodectus (widow spiders)


Aurantia argiope (black and yellow garden spider)
Ixodes scapularis (blacklegged tick)
Loxosceles reclusa (brown recluse spider)
Tegenaria agrestis (hobo spider)

Class Chilopoda

Class Diplopoda

Subphylum Trilobita

Class Insecta


Apterygota (wingless insects)
Pterygota (winged insects)


Blattodea (cockroaches)
Cerambycidae (long-horned beetles)
Coleoptera (beetles)
Collembola (springtails)
Dermaptera (earwigs)
Diptera (true flies)
Dictyoptera (roaches and mantids)
Embiidina (webspinners)
Ephemeroptera (mayflies)
Grylloblattodea (rock crawlers)
Hemiptera (true bugs)
Hymenoptera (ants, bees, & wasps)
Isoptera (termites)
Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths)
Mantophasmatodea (gladiators)
Mecoptera (scorpionflies and hangingflies)
Microcoryphia (jumping bristletails)
Neuroptera (nerve-winged insects)
Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies)
Orthoptera (grasshoppers, crickets, and katydids)
Phasmida (leaf and stick insects)
Plecoptera (stoneflies)
Psocoptera (barklice and booklice)
Siphonaptera (fleas)
Thysanoptera (thrips)
Thysanura (silverfish and firebrats)
Trichoptera (caddisflies)
Zoraptera (angel insects)


Anisoptera (dragonflies)
Ixodida (ticks)
Mantodea (praying mantises)
Raphidioptera (snakeflies)


Acrididae (grasshoppers)
Aeshnidae (darners)
Aphididae (aphids)
Belostomatidae (giant water bugs)
Braconidae (braconid wasps)
Carabidae (ground beetles)
Chrysomelidae (leaf and seed beetles)
Chrysopidae (common lacewings)
Coccinellidae (ladybugs)
Coreidae (leaf-footed bugs)
Culicidae (mosquitoes)
Cynipidae (gall wasps)
Dermestidae (dermestid beetles)
Elateridae (click beetles)
Formicidae (ants)
Geometridae (geometer moths, inchworms, and loopers)
Gryllidae (true crickets)
Hesperiidae (skippers)
Lampyridae (fireflies)
Libellulidae (skimmers)
Lucinidae (stag beetles)
Lycaenidae (gossamer-winged butterflies)
Miridae (plant bugs)
Nepidae (water scorpions)
Noctuidae (owlet moths)
Notodontidae (prominent moths)
Notonectidae (backswimmers)
Nymphalidae (brush-footed butterflies)
Papilionidae (swallowtails and parnassians)
Passalidae (bess beetles)
Pentatomidae (stink bugs)
Pieridae (whites, orange-tips, sulphurs, and yellows)
Reduviidae (assassin bugs)
Riodinidae (metalmark butterflies)
Saturniidae (giant silkworm and royal moths)
Scarabaeidae (scarab beetles)
Sesiidae (clearwing moths)
Silphidae (carrion beetles)
Sphingidae (sphinx moths)
Staphylinidae (rove beetles)
Stenopelmatidae (Jerusalem crickets)
Tenebrionidae (darkling beetles)
Tettigoniidae (katydids)
Tipulidae (large crane flies)


Arctiinae (tiger moths)
Dynastinae (rhinoceros beetles)
Scarabaeinae (dung beetles and tumblebugs)


Bombus (bumblebees)
Camponotus (carpenter ants)
Magicicada (periodical cicadas)
Pepsis (tarantula hawks)
Xylocopa (carpenter bees)


Actias luna (luna moth)
(hemlock woolly adelgid)
Agrilus planipennis (emerald ash borer)
Anoplophora glabripennis (Asian longhorned beetle)
Apis mellifera (honey bee)
Boisea trivittatus (box elder bug)
Cimex lectularius (bed bug)
Danaus plexippus (monarch butterfly)
Epargyreus clarus (silver-spotted skipper)
Halyomorpha halys (brown marmorated stink bug)
Harmonia axyridis (Asian multicolored lady beetle)
(cecropia moth)
Hyphantria cunea (fall webworm)
Lymantria dispar (gypsy moth)
Malacosoma americanum (eastern tent caterpillars)
Osmia lignaria (blue orchard bees)
Papilio polyxenes (black swallowtail)
Popillia japonica (Japanese beetles)
Scutigera coleoptrata (house centipedes)
Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis (bagworm)​
Vanessa cardui (painted lady)

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