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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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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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Noctuid moth (Noctuidae & Erebidae) Agrotis porphyricollis (Variable Cutworm)

Agrotis porphyricollis Female
Agrotis porphyricollis Male
Agrotis porphyricollis Male on left, female on right
Agrotis porphyricollis
Agrotis porphyricollis
Agrotis porphyricollis

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Click beetle (Elateridae) Agrypnus sp. (genus) (Rough click beetle)

Agrypnus sp. (genus)
Agrypnus sp. (genus)
Agrypnus sp. (genus)
Agrypnus sp. (genus)
Agrypnus sp. (genus)
Agrypnus sp. (genus)

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Shield, Stink & Jewel Bug (Pentatomoidea) Alcaeus varicornis (Acacia stink bug)

Alcaeus varicornis Immature
Alcaeus varicornis
Alcaeus varicornis
Alcaeus varicornis
Alcaeus varicornis
Alcaeus varicornis

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Aleucosia sp. (genus)
Aleucosia sp. (genus)
Aleucosia sp. (genus)
Aleucosia sp. (genus)
Aleucosia sp. (genus)
Aleucosia sp. (genus)

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

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Darkling beetle (Tenebrionidae) Alleculinae sp. (subfamily) (Unidentified alleculine darkling beetle)

Alleculinae sp. (subfamily)
Alleculinae sp. (subfamily)
Alleculinae sp. (subfamily)
Alleculinae sp. (subfamily)

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Tiger moth (Arctiidae & Aganaidae) Aloa marginata (Donovan's Tiger Moth)

Aloa marginata
Aloa marginata
Aloa marginata
Aloa marginata
Aloa marginata
Aloa marginata

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Leaf beetle (Chrysomelidae) Altica corrusca (Corrusca flea beetle)

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Leaf beetle (Chrysomelidae) Altica sp. (genus) (Flea beetle)

Altica sp. (genus)
Altica sp. (genus)
Altica sp. (genus)
Altica sp. (genus)
Altica sp. (genus)
Altica sp. (genus)

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Leaf beetle (Chrysomelidae) Alticini sp. (tribe) (Unidentified flea beetle)

Alticini sp. (tribe)
Alticini sp. (tribe)
Alticini sp. (tribe)
Alticini sp. (tribe)
Alticini sp. (tribe)
Alticini sp. (tribe)

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Tiger moth (Arctiidae & Aganaidae) Amata sp. (genus) (Tiger Moth)

Amata sp. (genus)
Amata sp. (genus)
Amata sp. (genus)
Amata sp. (genus)
Amata sp. (genus)
Amata sp. (genus)

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Amblyopone sp. (genus)
Amblyopone sp. (genus)
Amblyopone sp. (genus)
Amblyopone sp. (genus)
Amblyopone sp. (genus)
Amblyopone sp. (genus)

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Amegilla (Notomegilla) chlorocyanea
Amegilla (Notomegilla) chlorocyanea
Amegilla (Notomegilla) chlorocyanea
Amegilla (Notomegilla) chlorocyanea

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Bee (Hymenoptera, Apiformes) Amegilla (Zonamegilla) asserta (Blue Banded Bee)

Amegilla (Zonamegilla) asserta
Amegilla (Zonamegilla) asserta
Amegilla (Zonamegilla) asserta
Amegilla (Zonamegilla) asserta
Amegilla (Zonamegilla) asserta
Amegilla (Zonamegilla) asserta

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Bee (Hymenoptera, Apiformes) Amegilla sp. (genus) (Blue Banded Bee)

Amegilla sp. (genus)
Amegilla sp. (genus)
Amegilla sp. (genus)
Amegilla sp. (genus)
Amegilla sp. (genus)
Amegilla sp. (genus)

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Geometer moth (Geometridae) Amelora oritropha (Alpine Striped Cape-moth)

Amelora oritropha
Amelora oritropha
Amelora oritropha
Amelora oritropha
Amelora oritropha
Amelora oritropha

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Amenia leonina group (albomaculata-leonina species group)
Amenia leonina group (albomaculata-leonina species group)

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Blow fly (Calliphoridae) Amenia sp. (genus) (Yellow-headed Blowfly)

Amenia sp. (genus)
Amenia sp. (genus)
Amenia sp. (genus)
Amenia sp. (genus)

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