Insects

Insects are arthropods that have a chitinous exoskeleton, a three-part body (head, thorax, and abdomen), three pairs of jointed legs, compound eyes, and one pair of antennae. They are among the most diverse groups of animals on the planet, including more than a million described species and representing more than half of all known living organisms.

Many insects, such as fleas, cockroaches, and wasps, are considered pests by humans because they can transmit diseases, inflict pain, or cause damaging infestations. However many insects also play very important roles in our ecosystem as being beneficial for our economy. Beneficial uses for insects include honey from bees, silk from silkworms, and many harmless insects help to control and reduce populations of harmful insects that can destroy crops.

Connecticut has a wide variety of insects including various beetles, ants, spiders, dragonflies, butterflies, and just about every other family of insect. In the winter, many insects can be a nuisance as they seek shelter from the cold inside homes. In the summer, insects including cicadas and crickets can be easily heard droning loudly, and perhaps Connecticut's most interesting insect, the firefly, (aka lightning bug) lights up the night for children to chase and collect in jars.

Latin Name
Acanalonia conica
Acanthocephala terminalis
Acronicta americana
Actias luna
Acyrthosiphon pisum
Aeshna umbrosa
Agapostemon virescens
Amaurobiidae family
Amorpha juglandis
Anax junius
Andrena vicina
Apantesis
Apheloria virginiensis corrugata
Aphis nerii
Apis mellifera
Aquarius remigis
Araneus diadematus
Araneus marmoreus
Argia fumipennis
Argiope aurantia
Armadillidium vulgare
Astata unicolor
Astylopsis sexguttata
Atalopedes campestris
Atteva aurea
Augochlora pura
Bicyrtes quadrifasciatus
Calliphora vomitoria
Calopteron reticulatum
Calopteryx maculata
Calycopis cecrops
Camponotus pennsylvanicus
Ceratomia undulosa
Cheiracanthium inclusum
Chinavia hilaris
Chrysochus auratus
Chrysopilus thoracicus
Cicindela sexguttata
Cisseps fulvicollis
Colias eurytheme
Condylostylus patibulatus
Conocephalus brevipennis
Cucullia convexipennis
Cycnia tenera
Danaus plexippus
Darapsa myron
Dermacentor variabilis
Diabrotica undecimpunctata
Diapheromera femorata
Disholcaspis quercusmamma
Dissosteira carolina
Dolichovespula maculata
Dolomedes tenebrosus
Enallagma carunculatum
Epargyreus clarus
Epiaeschna heros
Eristalis stipator
Eristalis transversa
Erynnis baptisiae
Erythemis simplicicollis
Euchaetes egle
Eumenes fraternus
Euodynerus foraminatus
Euschistus servus
Formica genus
Formica subsericea
Galgupha nitiduloides
Geotrupes splendidus
Grylloprociphilus imbricator
Hagenius brevistylus
Halictus ligatus
Harmonia axyridis
Harrisina americana
Helophilus fasciatus
Hemaris thysbe
Herpetogramma genus
Hormaphis hamamelidis
Junonia coenia
Labidomera clivicollis
Lacinipolia vicina
Leiobunum nigropalpi
Leptinotarsa juncta
Lestes rectangularis
Lestica genus
Lethe anthedon
Leucauge venusta
Libellula incesta
Libellula luctuosa
Libellula pulchella
Limenitis archippus
Lucilia sericata
Lycosidae family
Lygus genus
Macremphytus tarsatus
Malacosoma americanum
Mecaphesa asperata
Megacyllene robiniae
Megalodacne heros
Melanoplus bivittatus
Melanoplus femurrubrum
Melanoplus punctulatus
Melanoplus sanguinipes
Meloe impressus
Micrathena gracilis
Mormidea lugens
Musca domestica
Narceus americanus
Necrophila americana
Neriene radiata
Nicrophorus tomentosus
Noctua pronuba
Nymphalis antiopa
Oiceoptoma noveboracense
Ommatius genus
Oncopeltus fasciatus
Osmoderma scabra
Pachydiplax longipennis
Papilio glaucus
Papilio polyxenes
Papilio troilus
Pelidnota punctata
Penthetria heteroptera
Perithemis tenera
Phidippus audax
Phyciodes tharos
Phymata pennsylvanica
Pieris rapae
Plathemis lydia
Poanes zabulon
Polistes dominula
Polistes fuscatus
Polites peckius
Polygonia comma
Polygonia interrogationis
Popillia japonica
Psorophora ferox
Pterophylla camellifolia
Pyrrharctia isabella
Satyrium calanus
Sceliphron caementarium
Schistocerca alutacea
Schizomyia viticola
Sigmoria trimaculata
Speyeria cybele
Sphecius speciosus
Sphex ichneumoneus
Sphex pensylvanicus
Sphingidae family
Stiretrus anchorago
Strangalia luteicornis
Strymon melinus
Sympetrum internum
Sympetrum obtrusum
Sympetrum vicinum
Synanthedon rileyana
Syrphus knabi
Tenodera sinensis
Tenthredo verticalis
Tetraopes tetrophthalmus
Tibicen canicularis
Tipula longiventris
Tipula oleracea
Tipula ultima
Toxomerus geminatus
Toxomerus marginatus
Tramea lacerata
Triepeolus genus
Vanessa atalanta
Vanessa cardui
Vanessa virginiensis
Vespula maculifrons
Xenox tigrinus
Xiphydria maculata
Xylocopa virginica
Xysticus ferox
Xysticus fraternus
Common Name
Ailanthus webworm
Amaurobiidae family
American carrion beetle
American dagger moth
American dog tick
American giant millipede
American painted lady
Anchor stink bug
Apantesis
Apheloria virginiensis corrugata
Asian ladybeetle
Astata unicolor
Astylopsis sexguttata
Augochlora pura
Autumn meadowhawk
Bald-faced hornet
Banded hairstreak
Banded net-wing
Banded woolly bear
Beech blight aphid
Bicolored Agapostemon
Bicyrtes quadrifasciatus
Black and yellow garden spider
Black and yellow mud dauber
Black carpenter ant
Black saddlebags
Black-footed yellow sac spider
Blue bottle fly
Blue dasher
Brown stink bug
Brown-hooded owlet
Carolina grasshopper
Cherry-faced meadowhawk
Chinese mantis
Cicada killer
Common buckeye
Common green bottle fly
Common pill-bug
Common true katydid
Common walkingstick
Common water strider
Common whitetail
Condylostylus patibulatus
Cosmopolitan
Daring jumping spider
Dark fishing spider
Dog-day cicada
Dogbane beetle
Dogbane tiger moth
Dogwood sawfly
Dragonhunter
Eastern amberwing
Eastern black swallowtail butterfly
Eastern carpenter bee
Eastern comma
Eastern pondhawk
Eastern tent caterpillar
Eastern tiger swallowtail
Eastern yellowjacket
Ebony jewelwing
Eristalis stipator
Eumenes fraternus
Euodynerus foraminatus
European garden spider
European honey bee
European paper wasp
False potato beetle
Filmy dome spider
Formica genus
Formica subsericea
Galgupha nitiduloides
Gold-necked carrion beetle
Golden-backed snipe fly
Grape tube gallmaker
Grapeleaf skeletonizer
Grapevine beetle
Gray hairstreak
Great black wasp
Great golden digger wasp
Great spangled fritillary
Green darner
Green stink bug
Halictus ligatus
Helophilus fasciatus
Herpetogramma genus
Horsenettle borer
Housefly
Hummingbird clearwing
Japanese beetle
Lacinipolia vicina
Large milkweed bug
Large yellow underwing
Leather-colored bird grasshopper
Leiobunum nigropalpi
Lestica genus
Locust borer
Luna moth
Lygus genus
Marbled orb-weaver
Margined carrion beetle
Marsh crane fly
Megalodacne heros
Meloe impressus
Migratory Grasshopper
Milkweed leaf beetle
Milkweed tussock caterpillar
Monarch butterfly
Mormidea lugens
Mourning cloak
Neighborly Andrena
Northern crab spider
Northern paper wasp
Northern pearly-eye
Oak rough bulletgall wasp
Oleander aphid
Ommatius genus
Orange sulphur
Orchard spider
Osmoderma scabra
Pea aphid
Pearl crescent
Peck's skipper
Pennsylvania ambush bug
Penthetria heteroptera
Pine tree spur-throat grasshopper
Planthopper
Question mark
Red admiral
Red milkweed beetle
Red-banded hairstreak
Red-legged grasshopper
Sachem
Shadow darner
Short-winged meadow katydid
Sigmoria trimaculata
Silver-spotted skipper
Six-spotted tiger beetle
Slaty skimmer
Slender spreadwing
Small cabbage white
Sphingidae family
Spicebush swallowtail
Spine-headed bug
Spined micrathena
Splendid Earth Boring Beetle
Spotted cucumber beetle
Strangalia luteicornis
Swamp darner
Syrphus knabi
Tenthredo verticalis
Tiger bee fly
Tipula longiventris
Tipula ultima
Toxomerus geminatus
Toxomerus marginatus
Transverse flower fly
Triepeolus genus
Tule bluet
Twelve-spotted skimmer
Two-striped grasshopper
Variable dancer
Viceroy
Virginia creeper sphinx
Walnut sphinx moth
Waved sphinx moth
White-faced meadowhawk
White-footed woods mosquito
Widow skimmer
Wild indigo duskywing
Witch-hazel cone gall aphid
Wolf spiders
Xiphydria maculata
Xysticus ferox
Xysticus fraternus
Yellow-collared scape moth
Zabulon skipper
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