Name List of Common Insects in the Philippines

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Name List of Common Insects in the Philippines
The Philippines is home to about 400 species of ants. (ant image by FttSniper from

The hot temperatures and high humidity create a rainforest-like climate in the Philippines, allowing life for more than 25,000 kinds of insects. Insects in the Asian country range from common ones, like mosquitoes, to area-specific types, like the diamondback moth. Insects are best observed, along with other species of plants and animals, by taking a tour in one of the country's preserved rainforests.

Diamondback Moth

The diamondback moth is an insect commonly found in southeast Asia, which includes the Philippines. Adults are about 6mm long and feature a cream or brown band along their backside. They feed on common vegetable crops such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cabbage. Adults live anywhere from 12 to 16 days.


There are about 400 species of ants in the Philippines. One such type is the Diacamma rugosum, or queen-less ponerine ant, a ground-dwelling ant that is common in rainforest climates. The ant is a hunter-gatherer species and feeds on dead insects and sweet secretions. It forms small colonies consisting of only 50 to 150 other ants.

The Portia Spider

The Portia Spider is of the Salticidae family and is a jumping species of spider common to the Philippines. Instead of building webs to catch its prey, the spider uses deception and mimicry to catch and eat other spiders. This means it mimics something its intended victim finds attractive, then hunts the victim.

Rice Black Bug

Scotinophara coarctata, or rice black bug, is a common pest in the Philippines. It's classified as a "sap-feeding" insect that feeds off rice plants at all stages of the plant's life. The insects infest the base of the rice plant stem and drain it of its sap, which eventually causes it to die. Adult black bugs are 8 to 9mm long and are characterised by a shiny brownish-black colour.

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