100+ Names of Insects: List of Insects in English with Pictures

Insect Names! List of insects and bugs with ESL pictures, examples in English. Learn these names of insects illustrated with interesting images to improve your vocabulary in English, especially for kids.

For many people describing an insect can be difficult, this is why it is super important to know the names of insects when speaking English so that you can instantly refer to them during a conversation.

Types of Insects

There may be a variety of reasons why you wish to learn insect names, perhaps you work in a job that requires you to speak about insects to English speakers or maybe you want to talk about an interesting insect you have seen. Whatever the reason, this handy section will guide you on your way.

Are Insects Animals? Types of Insects

Are insects animals? Insects are the largest group of animals on earth by far. They have many legs; and most have wings. Insects were the first animals capable of flight. As they develop from eggs, they undergo metamorphosis.

Types of Insects:

Insects can be divided into two groups:

  • Flying Insects : bee, wasp, fly, dragonfly, moth, butterfly, mosquito, grasshopper…
  • Crawling Insects : caterpillar, cockroach, spider, louse, ant, worm…

List of Insects

  • Moth
  • Bee
  • Butterfly
  • Spider
  • Ladybird (BrE) – ladybug (NAmE)
  • Ant
  • Dragonfly
  • Fly
  • Mosquito
  • Grasshopper
  • Beetle
  • Cockroach
  • Centipede
  • Worm
  • Louse

Names of Insects in English

List of Insects with Pictures

Moth

Moths are attracted by light.

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Bee

Bees make honey.

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Butterfly

The life span of a butterfly is short.

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Spider

There’s a spider in the bathroom.

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Ladybird (BrE) – ladybug (NAmE)

Ladybug, also called ladybird, eats aphids – small, soft insects that look like tiny grains of rice.

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Ant

Do ants have ears?

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Dragonfly

There is a dragonfly on the ceiling.

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Fly

Flies and mosquitoes interfered with his meditation.

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Mosquito

mosquito just bit me.

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Grasshopper

That’s the biggest grasshopper I’ve ever seen.

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Beetle

I picked up the beetle carefully between finger and thumb.

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Cockroach

There are many cockroaches in the kitchen.

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Centipede

How many legs does a centipede have?

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Worm

The bird was looking for worms.

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Louse

(plural: lice)

The louse then feeds by sucking the fish’s blood.

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100 Common Insects in English

  1. Ant
  2. Bee
  3. Butterfly
  4. Cockroach
  5. Grasshopper
  6. Ladybug
  7. Mosquito
  8. Moth
  9. Wasp
  10. Fly
  11. Praying Mantis
  12. Termite
  13. Dragonfly
  14. Beetle
  15. Centipede
  16. Cicada
  17. Earwig
  18. Firefly
  19. Flea
  20. House Fly
  21. June Bug
  22. Lightning Bug
  23. Louse
  24. Millipede
  25. Mosquito Hawk
  26. Hornet
  27. Cicada Killer
  28. Bumble Bee
  29. Honey Bee
  30. Yellowjacket
  31. Paper Wasp
  32. Spider Wasp
  33. Katydid
  34. Cicada nymph
  35. Antlion
  36. Cicada Molting
  37. Walkingstick
  38. Stink Bug
  39. Squash Bug
  40. Red-tailed Bumblebee
  41. Mason Bee
  42. Mining Bee
  43. Solitary Bee
  44. Carpenter Ant
  45. Pavement Ant
  46. Fire Ant
  47. Harvester Ant
  48. Pharaoh Ant
  49. European Fire Ant
  50. Argentine Ant
  51. Dung Beetle
  52. Tiger Beetle
  53. Ground Beetle
  54. Darkling Beetle
  55. Carpet Beetle
  56. Long-Horned Beetle
  57. Rhinoceros Beetle
  58. Scarab Beetle
  59. Click Beetle
  60. Stag Beetle
  61. Dermestid Beetle
  62. Blister Beetle
  63. Weevil
  64. Snout Beetle
  65. Checkered Beetle
  66. Lace Bug
  67. Tarnished Plant Bug
  68. Assassin Bug
  69. Wheel Bug
  70. Stink Bug Nymph
  71. Leaf-footed Bug
  72. Big-Eyed Bug
  73. Boxelder Bug
  74. Bed Bug
  75. Booklice
  76. Lice
  77. Ticks
  78. Mites
  79. Scorpions
  80. Spiders
  81. Harvestman
  82. Sowbug
  83. Pillbug
  84. Woodlice
  85. Silkmoth
  86. Luna Moth
  87. Polyphemus Moth
  88. Sphinx Moth
  89. Cecropia Moth
  90. Gypsy Moth
  91. Io Moth
  92. Promethea Moth
  93. Zebra Swallowtail
  94. Monarch Butterfly
  95. Painted Lady Butterfly
  96. Swallowtail Butterfly
  97. Fritillary Butterfly
  98. Sulphur Butterfly
  99. Skipper Butterfly
  100. Hairstreak Butterfly

List of Animals in English with Pictures

Animals names in English with different categories. 

Learn types of animals with American English pronunciation.

Names of Insects Groups

List of Insects Groups:

  • An intrusion of cockroaches
  • An army of caterpillars
  • A swarm/A cloud/A business/A grist/A hatch of flies
  • A swarm/A bike/A cast/A cluster/A drift/A game/A hive/A stand/A rabble/A grist of bees
  • A scourge/A swarm of mosquitoes
  • A flock/A colony/An infestation of lice
  • A flight/A rabble/A swarm of butterflies
  • A flight/A horde/A plague/A rabble/A swarm of insects
  • A colony/An army/A bike/A swarm of ants
  • A clutter/A cluster of spiders
  • A cloud/A cluster/A swarm of grasshoppers
  • A bike of (wild) bees

Last Updated on February 7, 2023

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