Nomina Insecta Nearctica is a complete synonymical checklist of the approximately 90,000 species of insects of North America north of Mexico published by Entomological Information Services in 1996 and 1997 in four volumes and a CD-ROM containing the database and a search program. . An abbreviated version of this checklist was available on Nearctoca for serveral years.

The Nomina Insecta Nearctica project consists of the original database. The database consists of three tables; the species group name table, the genus group name table, and the family group name table.

The printed volumes were produced from the database.


The Nomina Insecta Nearctica project was donated to the Smithsonian Institution in 2005. Included in the gift were the original database, the manuscripts for the printed volumes, all remaining, unsold books, and the copyright. The intention at the time was to make this information freely available through the web pages of the National Museum of Natural History web site. For a variety of reasons, this did not happen.

Therefore here you will find complete, downloadable copies of both the database, and Adobe Acrobat ®PDF's of the printed volumes of the series.

You are free to use the database and PDF's for any non-commercial purpose provided you clearly attribute its creation to the editors Robert W. Poole and Patricia Gentili and cite its copyright as belonging to The Smithsonian Institution. Any use of this material which might conflict with the copyright should be discussed with the Chairman of the Department of Entomology, National Museum of Natural History.



Before downloading any material, please make sure that you are familiar with the introductory information presented at the beginning of each printed volume. This material will explain the structure of the data base, the underlying assumptions behind its construction, and what the printed volumes and database contain and do not contain. For example:

Introduction to the database and printed volumes of Nomina Insecta Nearctica


The Database

Adobe Acrobat PDF's