Insects Vocabulary in English | Learn Insect Names

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.

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…

Insect Names in English


Moths are attracted by light.


Bees make honey.



The life span of a butterfly is short.


There’s a spider in the bathroom.

Ladybird (BrE) – ladybug (NAmE)

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


Do ants have ears?



There is a dragonfly on the ceiling.


Flies and mosquitoes interfered with his meditation.


mosquito just bit me.


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


I picked up the beetle carefully between finger and thumb.


There are many cockroaches in the kitchen.


How many legs does a centipede have?


The bird was looking for worms.


(plural: lice)

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

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Bee – Bees are known for their role in pollination and for producing honey and beeswax.

Wasp – can be quite aggressive and can sting more than once, unlike bees.

Fly – They are known for transmitting diseases.

Moth –  A moth is an insect closely related to the butterfly. Moths are nocturnal.

Butterfly – a butterfly is a mainly day-flying insect whose life cycle consists of four parts: egg, larva, pupa and adult.

Mosquito – The females of many species of mosquitoes are capable of drinking blood from many mammals. They are vectors for a number of infectious diseases.

Grasshopper – Grasshopper are winged, but their wings are not fit for flight.

Cricket – Crickets are are insects somewhat related to grasshoppers. They tend to be nocturnal.

Caterpillar – Caterpillars have been called “eating machines”, and eat leaves voraciously.

Cockroach – Cockroaches are associated with human habitations.

Spider – Spiders are found worldwide on every continent except for Antarctica. a few species of spiders are venomous and are dangerous to humans.

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