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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.

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Aaaaba nodosus (a Jewel beetle)

Aaaaba nodosus
Aaaaba nodosus
Aaaaba nodosus
Aaaaba nodosus
Aaaaba nodosus
Aaaaba nodosus

Aaaba fossicollis (Raspberry jewel beetle)

Aaaba fossicollis
Aaaba fossicollis
Aaaba fossicollis
Aaaba fossicollis
Aaaba fossicollis
Aaaba fossicollis

Acroceridae (family) (Hunchback Fly)

Acroceridae (family)
Acroceridae (family)

Acrodipsas aurata (Golden Ant-blue)

Acrodipsas aurata
Acrodipsas aurata
Acrodipsas aurata
Acrodipsas aurata
Acrodipsas aurata
Acrodipsas aurata

Acrodipsas brisbanensis (Bronze Ant-blue)

Acrophylla titan (Titan Stick Insect)

Acrophylla titan Female
Acrophylla titan
Acrophylla titan
Acrophylla titan
Acrophylla titan
Acrophylla titan

Anisynta dominula (Two-brand grass-skipper)

Anisynta dominula
Anisynta dominula
Anisynta dominula
Anisynta dominula
Anisynta dominula
Anisynta dominula

Anisynta monticolae (Montane grass-skipper)

Anisynta monticolae
Anisynta monticolae
Anisynta monticolae
Anisynta monticolae
Anisynta monticolae
Anisynta monticolae

Ankylopteryx sp. (genus) (Green lacewing)

Ankylopteryx sp. (genus)
Ankylopteryx sp. (genus)
Ankylopteryx sp. (genus)
Ankylopteryx sp. (genus)

Aphneope sericata (Longhorn beetle)

Aphneope sericata
Aphneope sericata

Aphylum sp. (genus) (Shield bug)

Aphylum sp. (genus)
Aphylum sp. (genus)
Aphylum sp. (genus)
Aphylum sp. (genus)
Aphylum sp. (genus)
Aphylum sp. (genus)

Apotropis tricarinata (Eastern striped grasshopper)

Apotropis tricarinata
Apotropis tricarinata
Apotropis tricarinata
Apotropis tricarinata
Apotropis tricarinata
Apotropis tricarinata

Archaeosynthemis orientalis (Eastern Brown Tigertail)

Archaeosynthemis orientalis
Archaeosynthemis orientalis

Arthropterus sp. (genus) (Ant nest beetle)

Arthropterus sp. (genus)
Arthropterus sp. (genus)
Arthropterus sp. (genus)
Arthropterus sp. (genus)
Arthropterus sp. (genus)
Arthropterus sp. (genus)

Atractocerus sp. (genus) (Ship-timber beetle)

Atractocerus sp. (genus)
Atractocerus sp. (genus)
Atractocerus sp. (genus)
Atractocerus sp. (genus)
Atractocerus sp. (genus)
Atractocerus sp. (genus)

Austroaeschna atrata (Mountain Darner)

Austroaeschna atrata
Austroaeschna atrata
Austroaeschna atrata
Austroaeschna atrata
Austroaeschna atrata
Austroaeschna atrata

Austroaeschna flavomaculata (Alpine Darner)

Austroaeschna flavomaculata
Austroaeschna flavomaculata
Austroaeschna flavomaculata
Austroaeschna flavomaculata

Austroaeschna inermis (Whitewater Darner)

Austroaeschna inermis
Austroaeschna inermis
Austroaeschna inermis
Austroaeschna inermis
Austroaeschna inermis
Austroaeschna inermis

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Conservation Level

  • Rare or uncommon Native (change?)

Invasiveness

  • All invasiveness levels (change?)

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