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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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Other true fly Acroceridae sp. (family) (Hunchback Fly)

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Blue & Copper (Lycaenidae) Acrodipsas aurata (Golden Ant-blue)

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

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Blue & Copper (Lycaenidae) Acrodipsas brisbanensis (Bronze Ant-blue)

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Stick insect (Phasmatodea) Acrophylla titan (Titan Stick Insect)

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

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Skipper (Hesperiidae) Anisynta dominula (Two-brand grass-skipper)

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

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Skipper (Hesperiidae) Anisynta monticolae (Montane grass-skipper)

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

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Dragonfly (Anisoptera) Archaeosynthemis orientalis (Eastern Brown Tigertail)

Archaeosynthemis orientalis
Archaeosynthemis orientalis

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Other beetle Arthropterus sp. (genus) (Ant nest beetle)

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

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

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

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Dragonfly (Anisoptera) Austroaeschna atrata (Mountain Darner)

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

Dragonfly (Anisoptera) Austroaeschna flavomaculata (Alpine Darner)

Austroaeschna flavomaculata
Austroaeschna flavomaculata
Austroaeschna flavomaculata
Austroaeschna flavomaculata

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Dragonfly (Anisoptera) Austroaeschna inermis (Whitewater Darner)

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

Dragonfly (Anisoptera) Austroaeschna pulchra (Forest Darner)

Austroaeschna pulchra male
Austroaeschna pulchra male
Austroaeschna pulchra female
Austroaeschna pulchra
Austroaeschna pulchra
Austroaeschna pulchra

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Dragonfly (Anisoptera) Austroaeschna subapicalis (Conehead Darner)

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Dragonfly (Anisoptera) Austroepigomphus praeruptus (Twin-spot Hunter)

Austroepigomphus praeruptus
Austroepigomphus praeruptus
Austroepigomphus praeruptus
Austroepigomphus praeruptus
Austroepigomphus praeruptus
Austroepigomphus praeruptus

Dragonfly (Anisoptera) Austrogomphus ochraceus (Jade Hunter)

Austrogomphus ochraceus
Austrogomphus ochraceus
Austrogomphus ochraceus
Austrogomphus ochraceus
Austrogomphus ochraceus
Austrogomphus ochraceus

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Damselfly (Zygoptera) Austrolestes aridus (Inland Ringtail)

Austrolestes aridus
Austrolestes aridus

Longhorn beetle (Cerambycidae) Brachytria jugosa (Jugosa longhorn beetle)

Brachytria jugosa
Brachytria jugosa
Brachytria jugosa
Brachytria jugosa

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Ground beetle (Carabidae) Carenum sp. (genus) (Predatory ground beetle)

Carenum sp. (genus)
Carenum sp. (genus)

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Ground beetle (Carabidae) Carenum tinctilatum (Digger carab beetle)

Carenum tinctilatum
Carenum tinctilatum

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