Arachnids and Insects in Thai – Complete List

by | Aug 8, 2020 | Vocabulary

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I recently wrote my article regarding animals in Thai and it inspired me to write this one regarding arachnids and insects in Thai.

A common mistake that even Thai people make are thinking arachnids and insects are the same.

Insects in general is แมลง (má-laeng). Insects have 6 legs.

Arachnids are แมง (maeng) and they have 8 legs.

The classifier for arachnids and insects in Thai language is ตัว tua

For example:

1. แมงมุม 1 ตัว (maeng mum 1 tua) = one spider


2. มดกี่ตัว (mót-gèe-dtua) = how many ants?

Let’s learn about insects and arachnids!

Insects in Thai

Insects in Thai แมลง (má-laeng)

  • Ant
    มด
    mót

  • Mosquito
    ยุง
    yung

  • Bee
    ผึ้ง
    pêung

  • Beetle
    ด้วง
    dûang

  • Flea
    หมัด
    màt

  • Butterfly
    ผีเสื้อ
    pĕe sêua

  • Moth
    แมงเม่า
    maeng mâo

  • Cockroach
    แมลงสาบ
    má-laeng sàap

  • Wasp
    ตัวต่อ
    dtua dtòr

  • Cricket
    จิ้งหรีด
    jîng-rèet

  • Grasshopper
    ตั๊กแตน
    dták-gà-dtaen

  • Termite
    ปลวก
    bplùak

  • Housefly/Fly
    แมลงวัน
    má-laeng wan

Arachnids in Thai แมง (maeng)

  • Spider
    แมงมุม
    maeng mum

  • Ticks
    เห็บ
    hèp

  • Mites
    ไร
    rai

  • Scorpion
    แมงป่อง
    maeng bpòng

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