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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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Damselfly (Zygoptera) Austrolestes leda (Wandering Ringtail)

Austrolestes leda
Austrolestes leda
Austrolestes leda
Austrolestes leda
Austrolestes leda
Austrolestes leda

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Damselfly (Zygoptera) Austrolestes psyche (Cup Ringtail)

Damselfly (Zygoptera) Austrolestes sp. (genus) (Ringtail damselfy)

Austrolestes sp. (genus)
Austrolestes sp. (genus)
Austrolestes sp. (genus)
Austrolestes sp. (genus)
Austrolestes sp. (genus)
Austrolestes sp. (genus)

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Dragonfly (Anisoptera) Austropetalia tonyana (Alpine Redspot)

Austropetalia tonyana
Austropetalia tonyana

Long-legged Fly (Dolichopodidae) Austrosciapus connexus (Green long-legged fly)

Austrosciapus connexus
Austrosciapus connexus
Austrosciapus connexus
Austrosciapus connexus
Austrosciapus connexus
Austrosciapus connexus

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Long-legged Fly (Dolichopodidae) Austrosciapus sp. (genus) (Long-legged fly)

Austrosciapus sp. (genus)
Austrosciapus sp. (genus)
Austrosciapus sp. (genus)
Austrosciapus sp. (genus)
Austrosciapus sp. (genus)
Austrosciapus sp. (genus)

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Flower wasp (Scoliidae & Tiphiidae) Austroscolia soror (Blue flower wasp, Black flower wasp)

Austroscolia soror
Austroscolia soror
Austroscolia soror
Austroscolia soror
Austroscolia soror
Austroscolia soror

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Geometer moth (Geometridae) Austroterpna paratorna (Rounded Gray)

Austroterpna paratorna
Austroterpna paratorna

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Geometer moth (Geometridae) Authaemon stenonipha (Pale-bordered Cape-moth)

Authaemon stenonipha
Authaemon stenonipha
Authaemon stenonipha
Authaemon stenonipha
Authaemon stenonipha
Authaemon stenonipha

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Weevil (Curculionoidea) Axionicus insignis (Kurrajong Weevil)

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Other true fly Bactrocera (Bactrocera) tryoni (Queensland fruit fly)

Bactrocera (Bactrocera) tryoni
Bactrocera (Bactrocera) tryoni
Bactrocera (Bactrocera) tryoni Larvae
Bactrocera (Bactrocera) tryoni
Bactrocera (Bactrocera) tryoni
Bactrocera (Bactrocera) tryoni

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Skipper (Hesperiidae) Badamia exclamationis (Narrow-winged Awl)

Pyralid or Snout Moth (Pyralidae & Crambidae) Baeoptila oculalis (A Crambid Moth)

Baeoptila oculalis
Baeoptila oculalis

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Leafhopper & planthopper (Hemiptera, several families) Bakeriana nigra (Leafhopper)

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Balaana sp. (genus)
Balaana sp. (genus)
Balaana sp. (genus)
Balaana sp. (genus)
Balaana sp. (genus)
Balaana sp. (genus)

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Cockroach (Blattodea, several families) Balta spuria (A Balta Cockroach)

Balta spuria
Balta spuria
Balta spuria
Balta spuria

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Concealer moth (Oecophoridae) Barea codrella (A concealer moth)

Barea codrella
Barea codrella
Barea codrella
Barea codrella
Barea codrella
Barea codrella

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Concealer moth (Oecophoridae) Barea confusella (A Concealer moth)

Barea confusella
Barea confusella

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Concealer moth (Oecophoridae) Barea consignatella (A concealer moth)

Barea consignatella
Barea consignatella
Barea consignatella
Barea consignatella

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Concealer moth (Oecophoridae) Barea phaeomochla (A concealer moth)

Barea phaeomochla
Barea phaeomochla

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