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Overview

A guide to Australian insect families (from CSIRO) can be found at:
http://anic.ento.csiro.au/insectfamilies/

A useful introduction to Insects, visit:
http://australianmuseum.net.au/uploads/documents/9362/invertebrate_guide.pdf

A diagram of Insect morphology illustrating terminology with legend of body parts:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Insect_morphology#/media/File:Insect_anatomy_diagram.svg

A diagram of an insect illustrating terminology based on a worker ant, see:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaster_(insect_anatomy)#/media/File:Scheme_ant_worker_anatomy-en.svg

 

Following is a list of the moderators for insects with their usernames and area of expertise:

Ian Baird (ibaird) - Moths 

Michael Batley (michael.batley) - Bees

Suzi Bond (SuziBond) - Butterflies

Glenn Cocking (GlennCocking) - Moths

Greg Daniels (GregD) - Robber Flies

Roger Farrow (RogerF) - all insects, especially Grasshoppers, Crickets & Katydids

Dave Ferguson (DaveFerg) - Flies

Matthew Frawley (MatthewFrawley) - Butterflies

Don Herbison-Evans (donhe) - Moths

Bryan Lessard (BrytheFlyGuy) - Flies

Michael Maconachie (maconachie) - Dragonflies & Damselflies

Roy McDowall (roymcd) - Dragonflies & Damselflies

Harvey Perkins (HarveyPerkins) - Dragonflies & Damselflies

Lindsay Popple (lpopple) - Cicadas

Kim Pullen (KimPullen) - all insects, especially Beetles

Sam Reid (samreid007) - Ants & Sawflies

Alice Wells (Alice) - Caddisflies

We are still in need of specialist moderators for a variety of insects, such as Cockroaches, Wasps, Lacewings & others.

 

Photographing insects

There are two main ways to photograph insects with a camera: using a macro close-up lens or a zoom lens. If the insect tolerates your getting very close, then you can use the macro lens. For example, some moths will remain quite still when approached, believing they are camouflaged and invisible. However, many insects, especially those that can fly, will move away when you approach. This is especially true for insects like butterflies and dragonflies. So a good zoom lens is very useful for photographing many insects. If you are using a smartphone, then use a macro lens or a macro attachment. E.g. OlloClip for iPhone. If you want to have an insect identified to species then clear photographs are usually needed, because minute parts of the anatomy may need to be checked. Many insects are have particular plants that they feed on, and they can be identified more easily when the associated plant is known. So if the insect is resting or feeding on a plant, take note of what the plant is or ensure that a photo shows the plant clearly.

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Abantiades labyrinthicus
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Abispa ephippium
Abispa ephippium
Abispa ephippium
Acanthinevania sp.
Acanthinevania sp.
Acanthinevania sp.
Acantholophus echinatus
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Acanthonevroides jarvisi
Acanthonevroides jarvisi
Acanthonevroides jarvisi
Acanthonevroides sp. (genus)
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Acraea andromacha
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Acrida conica
Acrida conica
Acrida conica
Acripeza reticulata
Acripeza reticulata
Acripeza reticulata
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Acrophylla titan
Acrophylla titan
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Acropolitis ergophora
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Acrossidius tasmaniae
Acrossidius tasmaniae
Acrossidius tasmaniae
Acyphas chionitis
Acyphas chionitis
Acyphas chionitis
Acyphas semiochrea
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Adelium brevicorne
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Adelium subdepressum
Adelium subdepressum
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Adoxia benallae
Adoxia benallae
Adoxia benallae
Adversaeschna brevistyla
Adversaeschna brevistyla
Adversaeschna brevistyla
Aedes alboannulatus
Aedes alboannulatus
Aedes alboannulatus
Aedia leucomelas acronyctoides
Aedia leucomelas acronyctoides
Aedia leucomelas acronyctoides
Aenetus ligniveren
Aenetus ligniveren
Aenetus ligniveren
Aeolochroma metarhodata
Aeolochroma metarhodata
Aeolochroma metarhodata
Aethina sp. (genus)
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Aethyssius viridis
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Afranthidium (Immanthidium) repetitum
Afranthidium (Immanthidium) repetitum
Afranthidium (Immanthidium) repetitum
Agaristodes feisthamelii
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Agonoscelis rutila
Agonoscelis rutila
Agonoscelis rutila
Agriophara sp. (genus)
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Agrotis infusa
Agrotis infusa
Agrotis infusa
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Agrotis munda
Agrotis munda
Agrotis munda
Agrotis porphyricollis
Agrotis porphyricollis
Agrotis porphyricollis
Alcaeus varicornis
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Aloa marginata
Aloa marginata
Aloa marginata
Altica sp. (genus)
Altica sp. (genus)
Altica sp. (genus)
Alticini sp. (tribe)
Alticini sp. (tribe)
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Amata sp. (genus)
Amata sp. (genus)
Amata sp. (genus)
Amata triganophora
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Amegilla (Notomegilla) chlorocyanea
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Amegilla (Zonamegilla) asserta
Amegilla (Zonamegilla) asserta
Amegilla (Zonamegilla) asserta
Amegilla sp. (genus)
Amegilla sp. (genus)
Amegilla sp. (genus)
Amelora oritropha
Amelora oritropha
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Ammophila sp. (genus)
Ammophila sp. (genus)
Ammophila sp. (genus)
Amorbus sp. (genus)
Amorbus sp. (genus)
Amorbus sp. (genus)
Amphirhoe sloanei
Amphirhoe sloanei
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Amphitropesa elegans
Amphitropesa elegans
Amphitropesa elegans
Amycterus abnormis
Amycterus abnormis
Amycterus abnormis
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Anachloris subochraria
Anachloris subochraria
Anachloris subochraria
Anax papuensis
Anax papuensis
Anax papuensis
Ancita australis
Ancita australis
Ancita australis
Ancita sp. (genus)
Ancita sp. (genus)
Ancita sp. (genus)
Anestia sp. (genus)
Anestia sp. (genus)
Anestia sp. (genus)
Anisynta dominula
Anisynta dominula
Anisynta dominula
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Anomalomorpha anthracina
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Anoplognathus  sp. (genus)
Anoplognathus  sp. (genus)
Anoplognathus  sp. (genus)
Anoplognathus chloropyrus
Anoplognathus chloropyrus
Anoplognathus chloropyrus
Anoplognathus montanus
Anoplognathus montanus
Anoplognathus montanus
Anoplognathus porosus
Anoplognathus porosus
Anoplognathus porosus
Anoplognathus suturalis
Anoplognathus suturalis
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Antasia flavicapitata
Antasia flavicapitata
Antasia flavicapitata
Anthela acuta
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Anthela canescens
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Anthela nicothoe
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Anthela ocellata
Anthela ocellata
Anthela ocellata
Anthela sp. (genus)
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Anthela varia
Anthela varia
Anthela varia
Anthelidae sp. (family)
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Anthrax sp.
Anthrax sp.
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Anthrenus verbasci
Anthrenus verbasci
Anthrenus verbasci
Antictenia punctunculus
Antictenia punctunculus
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Antitrogus morbillosus
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Aphididae sp. (family)
Aphididae sp. (family)
Aphididae sp. (family)
Aphrophorinae sp. (subfamily)
Aphrophorinae sp. (subfamily)
Aphrophorinae sp. (subfamily)
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Apina callisto
Apina callisto
Apina callisto
Apis mellifera
Apis mellifera
Apis mellifera
Aplestobroma avidum
Aplestobroma avidum
Aplestobroma avidum
Aporocera (Aporocera) speciosa
Aporocera (Aporocera) speciosa
Aporocera (Aporocera) speciosa
Aporoctena sp. (genus)
Aporoctena sp. (genus)
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Apothechyla sp. (genus)
Apothechyla sp. (genus)
Apothechyla sp. (genus)
Appias paulina
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Aquarius antigone
Aquarius antigone
Aquarius antigone
Archaeosynthemis orientalis
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Archichauliodes sp. (genus)
Archichauliodes sp. (genus)
Archichauliodes sp. (genus)
Archimantis sp. (genus)
Archimantis sp. (genus)
Archimantis sp. (genus)
Argiolestidae sp. (Family)
Argiolestidae sp. (Family)
Argiolestidae sp. (Family)
Argynnina cyrila
Argynnina cyrila
Argynnina cyrila
Arhodia lasiocamparia
Arhodia lasiocamparia
Arhodia lasiocamparia
Aridaeus thoracicus
Aridaeus thoracicus
Aridaeus thoracicus
Arrade destituta
Arrade destituta
Arrade destituta

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