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French Insect Names: Complete Vocabulary List

French Insect Names: Complete Vocabulary List

Lexique des insectes

On this page you’ll find a complete vocabulary list for French insect names. Some of the translations are quite fun! For example the word for centipede is “le mille-pates”, which literally means, “the thousand feet” as “centipede” is Latin for “hundred feet”. Another fun translation is “la mante religieuse”, which means “religious mantis” or the English, “praying mantis”.

Image of an insect
  • un fourmi ant
  • un puceron aphid
  • une punaise bed bug
  • une abeille bee
  • un scarabée, un coléoptère beetle
  • un papillon butterfly
  • un fourmi charpentière carpenter ant
  • une chenille caterpillar
  • le mille-pattes centipede
  • un cafard, une blatte cockroach
  • un grillon cricket
  • un demoiselle damselfly
  • une libellule dragonfly
  • un bousier dung beetle
  • un perce-oreille earwig
  • un fourmi rouge fire ant
  • un ver luisant, mouche à feu firefly, lightning bug
  • une puce flea
  • une mouche fly
  • une drosophile, une mouche du vinaigre fruit fly
  • un moucheron gnat
  • une sauterelle grasshopper
  • un bombyx disparate gypsy moth
  • un frelon hornet
  • un taon horse fly
  • une mouche domestique house fly
  • un insect insect
  • un scarabée japonais Japanese beetle
  • un hanneton commun June bug
  • une chrysope lacewing
  • une coccinelle ladybug
  • une cicadelle leafhopper
  • une locuste, une sauterelle locust
  • un pou louse
  • un asticot maggot
  • la métamorphose matmorphasis
  • la mante religieuse praying mantis
  • un éphémère mayfly
  • un moustique mosquito
  • un paipillon nocturne moth
  • un scorpion scorpion
  • un ver à soie silkwarm
  • une araignée spider
  • une punaise stink bug
  • un termite termite
  • une tique tick
  • une canne walking stick
  • une guêpe wasp
  • un ver worm
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