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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

John Bromilow (jbromilow50) - most insects

Glenn Cocking (GlennCocking) - Moths

Chris Cohen (Myelaphus) - True Flies

Greg Daniels (GregD) - True Flies, a Robber Flies specialist

Roger Farrow (RogerF) - Grasshoppers, Crickets & Katydids

Dave Ferguson (DaveFerg) - True Flies

Matthew Frawley (MatthewFrawley) - Butterflies

Stuart Harris (Harrisi) - Jewel Beetles

Don Herbison-Evans (donhe) - Moths

Sandra Lauer (Illilanga) - Cockroaches & Leafhoppers

Sam Ivanoff (birdy11) - Stick Insects

Bronwyn King (Bron) - True Bugs

Bryan Lessard (BrytheFlyGuy) - Flies

Jon Lewis (Jon Lewis) - Ants

James Lumbers (jgl) - True Flies

Michael Maconachie (maconachie) - Dragonflies & Damselflies

Roy McDowall (roymcd) - Dragonflies & Damselflies

Alison Milton (Alison Milton) - Beetles & Ants

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

Susan Wishart (SWishart) - Assassin Bugs, Shield, Stink & Jewel Bugs

We are still in need of specialist moderators for a variety of insects, such as 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. It is valuable to take several photos from various angles so that these anatomical details can be seen. 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.

Page 1 of 31 species

Arrade leucocosmalis (Garden Snout)

Arrade leucocosmalis
Arrade leucocosmalis
Arrade leucocosmalis
Arrade leucocosmalis
Arrade leucocosmalis
Arrade leucocosmalis

Bathypogon nigrinus (A robber fly)

Bathypogon nigrinus
Bathypogon nigrinus
Bathypogon nigrinus
Bathypogon nigrinus
Bathypogon nigrinus
Bathypogon nigrinus

Cerdistus exilis (Robber Fly)

Cerdistus exilis
Cerdistus exilis
Cerdistus exilis
Cerdistus exilis
Cerdistus exilis
Cerdistus exilis

Chlenias nodosus (A geometer moth)

Chlenias nodosus
Chlenias nodosus
Chlenias nodosus
Chlenias nodosus
Chlenias nodosus
Chlenias nodosus

Chrysopogon sp. (genus) (a robber fly)

Chrysopogon sp. (genus)
Chrysopogon sp. (genus)
Chrysopogon sp. (genus)
Chrysopogon sp. (genus)
Chrysopogon sp. (genus)
Chrysopogon sp. (genus)

Cystosoma saundersii (Bladder Cicada)

Cystosoma saundersii
Cystosoma saundersii
Cystosoma saundersii
Cystosoma saundersii
Cystosoma saundersii
Cystosoma saundersii

Etiella behrii (Small Tabby)

Etiella behrii
Etiella behrii
Etiella behrii
Etiella behrii
Etiella behrii
Etiella behrii

Eulechria undescribed species (A concealer moth)

Eulechria undescribed species
Eulechria undescribed species
Eulechria undescribed species
Eulechria undescribed species
Eulechria undescribed species
Eulechria undescribed species

Inopus rubriceps (Sugarcane Soldier Fly)

Inopus rubriceps
Inopus rubriceps
Inopus rubriceps
Inopus rubriceps
Inopus rubriceps
Inopus rubriceps

Lophotoma diagrapha (Double-line Snout Moth)

Lophotoma diagrapha
Lophotoma diagrapha

Meranda susialis (Three-lined Snout Moth)

Meranda susialis
Meranda susialis
Meranda susialis
Meranda susialis
Meranda susialis
Meranda susialis

Mesolita pascoei (Longhorn beetle)

Mesolita pascoei
Mesolita pascoei
Mesolita pascoei
Mesolita pascoei
Mesolita pascoei
Mesolita pascoei

Moerarchis inconcisella (A tineid moth)

Moerarchis inconcisella
Moerarchis inconcisella
Moerarchis inconcisella
Moerarchis inconcisella
Moerarchis inconcisella
Moerarchis inconcisella

Monteithiella humeralis (Pittosporum bug)

Monteithiella humeralis
Monteithiella humeralis
Monteithiella humeralis
Monteithiella humeralis
Monteithiella humeralis
Monteithiella humeralis

Musgraveia sulciventris (Bronze Orange Bug)

Musgraveia sulciventris
Musgraveia sulciventris
Musgraveia sulciventris
Musgraveia sulciventris
Musgraveia sulciventris
Musgraveia sulciventris

Ommatius coeraebus (a robber fly)

Ommatius coeraebus
Ommatius coeraebus

Pelecorhynchus flavipennis (A pelecorhynchid fly)

Pelecorhynchus flavipennis
Pelecorhynchus flavipennis
Pelecorhynchus flavipennis
Pelecorhynchus flavipennis

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