Collective Nouns for Insects
List of Collective Nouns for Insects & Plurals.
ADDucation’s list of collective nouns for insects also includes the names for immature/infant insects along with the singular and plural spellings for insects. The first list of collective nouns was published in “The Book of St Albans” circa 1500 and it wasn’t definitive – it was based on folklore, humor and the whim of the publisher and it’s the same today. New collective terms of venery are made up all the time (e.g. “minibeasts” instead of “bugs”) which either stand the test of time or fall into disuse like “a fall of woodcocks” – the English language around the world constantly evolves to meet our requirements.
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|Insect||Young / immature / offspring baby infant called?||Collective Nouns & Terms for Insects & Arachnids||Insect Plurals|
|Insect (generic)||Larva or Nymph||A flight of insects, a plague of insects, a swarm of insects, a horde of insects, a rabble of insects.||Insects|
|Ant 🐜||Antling||An army of ants, a colony of ants, a nest of ants, a bike of ants, a swarm of flying ants.||Ants|
|Bee 🐝||Larva||A grist of bees*, a hive of bees, a swarm of bees, a flight of bees.||Bees|
|Beetle🐞||Grub||A group of beetles is called a colony of beetles or a swarm of beetles,||Beetles|
|Butterfly 🦋||Caterpillar (Larva)||A rabble* of butterflies, a rainbow of butterflies*, a kaleidoscope of butterflies*, a swarm of butterflies*, an army of caterpillars.||Butterflies|
|Click Beetle||Wireworm (Larva)||A colony of click beetles.||Click Beetles|
|Cockroach||Nymph||An intrusion of cockroaches.||Cockroaches|
|Dragonfly||Nymph||A cluster of dragonflies.||Dragonflies|
|Fly||Maggots (Larva)||A business of flies, a hatch of flies, a cloud of flies, a swarm of flies.||Flies|
|Gnat||Larva||A horde of gnats, a cloud of gnats, a swarm of of gnats.||Gnats|
|Grasshopper, Cricket 🦗||Nymph||A cloud of grasshoppers, a cluster of grasshoppers.||Grasshoppers|
|Hornet||Larva||A bike of hornets, a nest of hornets.||Hornets|
|Ladybird, Ladybug, Lady Beetle 🐞||Larva||A loveliness of ladybugs.||Ladybirds, Ladybugs, Lady Beetles|
|Louse||Nymph||A flock of lice, a colony of lice, an infestation of lice.||Lice|
|Locust||Nymph||A plague of locusts.||Locusts|
|Midge||Larva||A bite of midges*.||Midges|
|Mite||Larva||A mite of mites.||Mites|
|Mosquito 🦟||Larva||A scourge of mosquitoes*.||Mosquitoes|
|Scorpion🦂||Scorpling (Nymph)||A bed of scorpions, a nest of scorpions.||Scorpions|
|Spider 🕷🕸||Spiderlings (Larva)||A cluster of spiders*, a clutter of spiders*.||Spiders|
|Stick Insect||Nymph||A bushel of stick insects*.||Stick Insects|
|Termite||Nymph||A brood of termites, a colony of termites, a nest of termites, a swarm of termites.||Termites|
|Wasp||Larva||A nest of wasps, a plague of wasps, pail or swarm of wasps.||Wasps|
* Notes: Arachnids are NOT insects, they are included in this list of collective nouns for insects for your convenience. Some collective nouns for insects are poetic terms. There’s no official collective nouns committee, or authority, which approves new collective nouns so you can invent them yourself. Many collective nouns for insects only appear in lists of collective nouns – we only add new collective nouns if we can find references in published literature or other authority websites.
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- This collective nouns for insects list was compiled by Joe Connor, last updated 23 Feb 2020.
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