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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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Bristle Fly (Tachinidae) Amphitropesa elegans (Bristle fly)

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Weevil (Curculionoidea) Amycterus abnormis (Ground weevil)

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Weevil (Curculionoidea) Amycterus sp. (genus) (Ground weevil)

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Geometer moth (Geometridae) Anachloris subochraria (Golden Grass Carpet)

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Dragonfly (Anisoptera) Anax papuensis (Australian Emperor)

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Longhorn beetle (Cerambycidae) Ancita australis (Longicorn or longhorn beetle)

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Ancita australis
Ancita australis

Longhorn beetle (Cerambycidae) Ancita sp. (genus) (Longicorn or longhorn beetle)

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Tiger moth (Arctiidae & Aganaidae) Anestia sp. (genus) (A tiger moth)

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Other moth Anisogona similana (A tortrix moth)

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Earwig (Dermaptera) Anisolabididae (family) (Unidentified wingless earwig)

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

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

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Scarab beetle (Scarabaeidae) Anomalomorpha anthracina (Yellow-legged pasture scarab)

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Anomalomorpha anthracina

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Ant (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) Anonychomyrma sp. (genus) (Black Cocktail Ant)

Anonychomyrma sp. (genus)
Anonychomyrma sp. (genus)
Anonychomyrma sp. (genus)
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Anonychomyrma sp. (genus)
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Scarab beetle (Scarabaeidae) Anoplognathus chloropyrus (Green-tailed Christmas beetle)

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Scarab beetle (Scarabaeidae) Anoplognathus montanus (Montane Christmas beetle)

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Scarab beetle (Scarabaeidae) Anoplognathus pallidicollis (Cashew beetle)

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Scarab beetle (Scarabaeidae) Anoplognathus porosus (Porosus Christmas beetle)

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Scarab beetle (Scarabaeidae) Anoplognathus sp. (genus) (Unidentified Christmas beetle)

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Anoplognathus sp. (genus)
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Anoplognathus sp. (genus)
Anoplognathus sp. (genus)
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Scarab beetle (Scarabaeidae) Anoplognathus suturalis (Centreline Christmas beetle)

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