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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

Sandra Lauer (Illilanga) - Cockroaches & Leafhoppers

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

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.

Insects - 20 species

Scarab beetle (Scarabaeidae) Adoryphorus coulonii (Redheaded pasture cockchafer)

Adoryphorus coulonii
Adoryphorus coulonii
Adoryphorus coulonii
Adoryphorus coulonii
Adoryphorus coulonii
Adoryphorus coulonii

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Crane fly, mosquito & gnat (several families) Aedes (Rampamyia) notoscriptus (Striped Mosquito)

Aedes (Rampamyia) notoscriptus
Aedes (Rampamyia) notoscriptus
Aedes (Rampamyia) notoscriptus
Aedes (Rampamyia) notoscriptus
Aedes (Rampamyia) notoscriptus
Aedes (Rampamyia) notoscriptus

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Anthelid moth (Anthelidae) Anthela nicothoe (Urticating Anthelid moth)

Anthela nicothoe
Anthela nicothoe
Anthela nicothoe
Anthela nicothoe
Anthela nicothoe
Anthela nicothoe

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Shield, Stink & Jewel Bug (Pentatomoidea) Biprorulus bibax (Spined Citrus Bug)

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Brachycaudus (Brachycaudus) helichrysi
Brachycaudus (Brachycaudus) helichrysi
Brachycaudus (Brachycaudus) helichrysi
Brachycaudus (Brachycaudus) helichrysi

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Geometer moth (Geometridae) Chlenias zonaea (Pine Looper or Zoned Crest-moth)

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Scarab beetle (Scarabaeidae) Cyclocephala signaticollis (Argentinian scarab)

Cyclocephala signaticollis
Cyclocephala signaticollis
Cyclocephala signaticollis
Cyclocephala signaticollis
Cyclocephala signaticollis
Cyclocephala signaticollis

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Weevil (Curculionoidea) Ethemaia sellata (Grey-banded leaf weevil)

Ethemaia sellata
Ethemaia sellata

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Psyllid, lerp, aphid & whitefly (Hemiptera, several families) Glycaspis sp. (genus) (Unidentified sugary lerp)

Glycaspis sp. (genus)
Glycaspis sp. (genus)
Glycaspis sp. (genus)
Glycaspis sp. (genus)
Glycaspis sp. (genus)
Glycaspis sp. (genus)

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Leaf beetle (Chrysomelidae) Lema daturaphila (Three-lined Potato Beetle)

Lema daturaphila
Lema daturaphila
Lema daturaphila
Lema daturaphila

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Weevil (Curculionoidea) Listroderes delaiguei (Subterranean Clover Weevil)

Listroderes delaiguei
Listroderes delaiguei
Listroderes delaiguei
Listroderes delaiguei

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Weevil (Curculionoidea) Naupactus cervinus (Fuller's rose weevil)

Naupactus cervinus
Naupactus cervinus
Naupactus cervinus
Naupactus cervinus
Naupactus cervinus
Naupactus cervinus

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Other beetle Necrobia rufipes (Red-legged ham beetle)

Necrobia rufipes
Necrobia rufipes

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Noctuid moth (Noctuidae & Erebidae) Neumichtis nigerrima (Black Turnip Moth)

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Other bug Nysius vinitor (Rutherglen bug)

Nysius vinitor
Nysius vinitor

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Parasitic wasp (numerous families) Ophelimus maskellii (Eucalyptus Gall Wasp)

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Sawfly (Hymenoptera, Symphyta) Perga dorsalis (Steel-blue sawfly, spitfire)

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Cockroach (Blattodea, several families) Periplaneta fuliginosa (Smoky-brown cockroach)

Periplaneta fuliginosa
Periplaneta fuliginosa
Periplaneta fuliginosa
Periplaneta fuliginosa

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Weevil (Curculionoidea) Phlyctinus callosus (Garden weevil)

Phlyctinus callosus
Phlyctinus callosus
Phlyctinus callosus
Phlyctinus callosus

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Psyllid, lerp, aphid & whitefly (Hemiptera, several families) Pterocomma populeum (Poplar bark aphid)

Pterocomma populeum
Pterocomma populeum
Pterocomma populeum
Pterocomma populeum

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