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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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Crane fly, mosquito & gnat (several families) Aedes alboannulatus (White-kneed Mosquito)

Aedes alboannulatus
Aedes alboannulatus
Aedes alboannulatus
Aedes alboannulatus

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Noctuid moth (Noctuidae & Erebidae) Aedia leucomelas acronyctoides (Eastern Alchymist, Sweet Potato Leaf Worm or Sorcerer)

Aedia leucomelas acronyctoides
Aedia leucomelas acronyctoides
Aedia leucomelas acronyctoides
Aedia leucomelas acronyctoides
Aedia leucomelas acronyctoides
Aedia leucomelas acronyctoides

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Swift  and Ghost moth (Hepialidae) Aenetus ligniveren (Splendid Ghost Moth)

Aenetus ligniveren
Aenetus ligniveren
Aenetus ligniveren
Aenetus ligniveren
Aenetus ligniveren
Aenetus ligniveren

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Geometer moth (Geometridae) Aeolochroma metarhodata (Tea-tree Emerald)

Aeolochroma metarhodata
Aeolochroma metarhodata
Aeolochroma metarhodata
Aeolochroma metarhodata
Aeolochroma metarhodata
Aeolochroma metarhodata

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Longhorn beetle (Cerambycidae) Aesiotyche favosa (Favosa longhorn beetle)

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Other beetle Aethina sp. (genus) (Sap beetle)

Aethina sp. (genus)
Aethina sp. (genus)
Aethina sp. (genus)
Aethina sp. (genus)
Aethina sp. (genus)
Aethina sp. (genus)

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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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Stiletto fly (Therevidae) Agapophytus sp. (genus) (Unidentified Agapophytus stiletto fly)

Agapophytus sp. (genus)
Agapophytus sp. (genus)
Agapophytus sp. (genus)
Agapophytus sp. (genus)

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Noctuid moth (Noctuidae & Erebidae) Agaristodes feisthamelii (A noctuid moth (day flying))

Agaristodes feisthamelii Female
Agaristodes feisthamelii
Agaristodes feisthamelii
Agaristodes feisthamelii
Agaristodes feisthamelii
Agaristodes feisthamelii

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Concealer moth (Oecophoridae) Ageletha hemiteles (Webbing Moth)

Ageletha hemiteles
Ageletha hemiteles

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Other moth Aglaopus pyrrhata (Leaf Moth)

Aglaopus pyrrhata
Aglaopus pyrrhata
Aglaopus pyrrhata
Aglaopus pyrrhata

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Other moth Aglaosoma periblepta (Tasmanian Notodontid)

Aglaosoma periblepta
Aglaosoma periblepta

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Shield, Stink & Jewel Bug (Pentatomoidea) Agonoscelis rutila (Horehound bug)

Agonoscelis rutila
Agonoscelis rutila
Agonoscelis rutila
Agonoscelis rutila
Agonoscelis rutila
Agonoscelis rutila

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Jewel beetle (Buprestidae) Agrilus hypoleucus (Hypoleucus jewel beetle)

Agrilus hypoleucus
Agrilus hypoleucus
Agrilus hypoleucus
Agrilus hypoleucus
Agrilus hypoleucus
Agrilus hypoleucus

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Concealer moth (Oecophoridae) Agriophara platyscia (A Concealer moth)

Agriophara platyscia
Agriophara platyscia
Agriophara platyscia
Agriophara platyscia

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Concealer moth (Oecophoridae) Agriophara sp. (genus) (A concealer moth)

Agriophara sp. (genus)
Agriophara sp. (genus)

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Agriopocoris sp. (genus)
Agriopocoris sp. (genus)
Agriopocoris sp. (genus)
Agriopocoris sp. (genus)
Agriopocoris sp. (genus)
Agriopocoris sp. (genus)

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Noctuid moth (Noctuidae & Erebidae) Agrotis infusa (Bogong Moth, Common Cutworm)

Agrotis infusa
Agrotis infusa
Agrotis infusa
Agrotis infusa
Agrotis infusa
Agrotis infusa

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

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Noctuid moth (Noctuidae & Erebidae) Agrotis munda (Brown Cutworm)

Agrotis munda Male
Agrotis munda Female
Agrotis munda
Agrotis munda
Agrotis munda
Agrotis munda

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