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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.

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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) Austroaeschna unicornis (Unicorn Darner)

Austroaeschna unicornis
Austroaeschna unicornis
Austroaeschna unicornis
Austroaeschna unicornis
Austroaeschna unicornis
Austroaeschna unicornis

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Damselfly (Zygoptera) Austroagrion watsoni (Eastern Billabongfly)

Austroagrion watsoni
Austroagrion watsoni
Austroagrion watsoni
Austroagrion watsoni
Austroagrion watsoni
Austroagrion watsoni

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Damselfly (Zygoptera) Austroargiolestes calcaris (Powdered Flatwing)

Austroargiolestes calcaris
Austroargiolestes calcaris
Austroargiolestes calcaris
Austroargiolestes calcaris
Austroargiolestes calcaris
Austroargiolestes calcaris

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Damselfly (Zygoptera) Austroargiolestes icteromelas (Common Flatwing)

Austroargiolestes icteromelas
Austroargiolestes icteromelas
Austroargiolestes icteromelas
Austroargiolestes icteromelas
Austroargiolestes icteromelas
Austroargiolestes icteromelas

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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 australis (Inland Hunter)

Austrogomphus australis
Austrogomphus australis
Austrogomphus australis
Austrogomphus australis
Austrogomphus australis
Austrogomphus australis

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Dragonfly (Anisoptera) Austrogomphus cornutus (Unicorn Hunter)

Austrogomphus cornutus
Austrogomphus cornutus
Austrogomphus cornutus
Austrogomphus cornutus
Austrogomphus cornutus
Austrogomphus cornutus

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Dragonfly (Anisoptera) Austrogomphus guerini (Yellow-striped Hunter)

Austrogomphus guerini
Austrogomphus guerini
Austrogomphus guerini
Austrogomphus guerini
Austrogomphus guerini
Austrogomphus guerini

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Dragonfly (Anisoptera) Austrogomphus ochraceus (Jade Hunter)

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

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Grasshopper (Orthoptera, several families) Austroicetes pusilla (Grasshopper, Locust)

Austroicetes pusilla
Austroicetes pusilla
Austroicetes pusilla
Austroicetes pusilla
Austroicetes pusilla
Austroicetes pusilla

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Grasshopper (Orthoptera, several families) Austroicetes sp. (genus) (A grasshopper)

Austroicetes sp. (genus)
Austroicetes sp. (genus)
Austroicetes sp. (genus)
Austroicetes sp. (genus)
Austroicetes sp. (genus)
Austroicetes sp. (genus)

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Damselfly (Zygoptera) Austrolestes analis (Slender Ringtail)

Austrolestes analis
Austrolestes analis
Austrolestes analis
Austrolestes analis
Austrolestes analis
Austrolestes analis

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Damselfly (Zygoptera) Austrolestes annulosus (Blue Ringtail)

Austrolestes annulosus
Austrolestes annulosus
Austrolestes annulosus
Austrolestes annulosus
Austrolestes annulosus
Austrolestes annulosus

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Damselfly (Zygoptera) Austrolestes aridus (Inland Ringtail)

Austrolestes aridus
Austrolestes aridus

Damselfly (Zygoptera) Austrolestes cingulatus (Metallic Ringtail)

Austrolestes cingulatus
Austrolestes cingulatus
Austrolestes cingulatus
Austrolestes cingulatus
Austrolestes cingulatus
Austrolestes cingulatus

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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)

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