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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

We are still in need of specialist moderators for a variety of insects, such as Wasps, True Bugs, 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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Lady beetle (Coccinellidae) Adalia bipunctata (Two-spotted Ladybird)

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Bee (Hymenoptera, Apiformes) Afranthidium (Immanthidium) repetitum (African carder bee, Megachild bee)

Afranthidium (Immanthidium) repetitum
Afranthidium (Immanthidium) repetitum
Afranthidium (Immanthidium) repetitum
Afranthidium (Immanthidium) repetitum
Afranthidium (Immanthidium) repetitum
Afranthidium (Immanthidium) repetitum

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Noctuid moth (Noctuidae & Erebidae) Agrotis ipsilon (Black Cutworm)

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Aleyrodidae sp. (family)
Aleyrodidae sp. (family)
Aleyrodidae sp. (family)
Aleyrodidae sp. (family)

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Other beetle Anthrenus verbasci (Varied (or Variegated) Carpet Beetle)

Anthrenus verbasci
Anthrenus verbasci
Anthrenus verbasci
Anthrenus verbasci
Anthrenus verbasci
Anthrenus verbasci

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Psyllid, lerp, aphid & whitefly (Hemiptera, several families) Aphididae (family) (Unidentified aphid)

Aphididae (family)
Aphididae (family)
Aphididae (family)
Aphididae (family)
Aphididae (family)
Aphididae (family)

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Scarab beetle (Scarabaeidae) Aphodius fimentarius (Fimentarius dung beetle)

Aphodius fimentarius
Aphodius fimentarius
Aphodius fimentarius
Aphodius fimentarius
Aphodius fimentarius
Aphodius fimentarius

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Bee (Hymenoptera, Apiformes) Apis mellifera (European honey bee)

Apis mellifera
Apis mellifera
Apis mellifera
Apis mellifera
Apis mellifera
Apis mellifera

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

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Sawfly (Hymenoptera, Symphyta) Caliroa cerasi (Pear and cherry slug)

Caliroa cerasi
Caliroa cerasi

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Blow fly (Calliphoridae) Calliphora vicina (European bluebottle)

Calliphora vicina
Calliphora vicina
Calliphora vicina
Calliphora vicina
Calliphora vicina
Calliphora vicina

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Noctuid moth (Noctuidae & Erebidae) Chrysodeixis eriosoma (Green Looper)

Chrysodeixis eriosoma
Chrysodeixis eriosoma
Chrysodeixis eriosoma
Chrysodeixis eriosoma
Chrysodeixis eriosoma
Chrysodeixis eriosoma

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Leaf beetle (Chrysomelidae) Chrysolina quadrigemina (Greater St Johns Wort beetle)

Chrysolina quadrigemina
Chrysolina quadrigemina
Chrysolina quadrigemina
Chrysolina quadrigemina
Chrysolina quadrigemina
Chrysolina quadrigemina

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Other bug Corythucha ciliata (Sycamore Lace Bug)

Corythucha ciliata
Corythucha ciliata
Corythucha ciliata
Corythucha ciliata
Corythucha ciliata
Corythucha ciliata

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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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Other moth Cydia pomonella (Codling Moth)

Cydia pomonella
Cydia pomonella
Cydia pomonella
Cydia pomonella
Cydia pomonella
Cydia pomonella

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Crane fly, mosquito & gnat (several families) Cystiphora schmidti (Chondrilla gall midge)

Cystiphora schmidti
Cystiphora schmidti
Cystiphora schmidti
Cystiphora schmidti

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Nymph (Nymphalidae) Danaus plexippus (Monarch/Wanderer)

Danaus plexippus MALE
Danaus plexippus

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Concealer moth (Oecophoridae) Endrosis sarcitrella (White Shouldered House Moth)

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Hover fly (Syrphidae) Eristalis tenax (Drone fly)

Eristalis tenax
Eristalis tenax
Eristalis tenax
Eristalis tenax
Eristalis tenax
Eristalis tenax

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