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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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Sand or digger wasp (Crabronidae & Sphecidae) Ammophila sp. (genus) (Unidentified Sand wasp)

Ammophila sp. (genus)
Ammophila sp. (genus)
Ammophila sp. (genus)
Ammophila sp. (genus)
Ammophila sp. (genus)
Ammophila sp. (genus)

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Sand or digger wasp (Crabronidae & Sphecidae) Ammophilinae (subfamily) (Unidentified Sand wasp)

Amorbus sp. (genus) MALE
Amorbus sp. (genus) FEMALE
Amorbus sp. (genus) NYMPH
Amorbus sp. (genus)
Amorbus sp. (genus)
Amorbus sp. (genus)

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Amphibolia (Amphibolia) sp. (genus & subgenus)
Amphibolia (Amphibolia) sp. (genus & subgenus)
Amphibolia (Amphibolia) sp. (genus & subgenus)
Amphibolia (Amphibolia) sp. (genus & subgenus)
Amphibolia (Amphibolia) sp. (genus & subgenus)
Amphibolia (Amphibolia) sp. (genus & subgenus)

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Longhorn beetle (Cerambycidae) Amphirhoe sloanei (Longicorn or Longhorn beetle)

Amphirhoe sloanei
Amphirhoe sloanei
Amphirhoe sloanei
Amphirhoe sloanei

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Bristle Fly (Tachinidae) Amphitropesa elegans (Bristle fly)

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Amphylaeus (Agogenohylaeus) obscuriceps
Amphylaeus (Agogenohylaeus) obscuriceps
Amphylaeus (Agogenohylaeus) obscuriceps
Amphylaeus (Agogenohylaeus) obscuriceps
Amphylaeus (Agogenohylaeus) obscuriceps
Amphylaeus (Agogenohylaeus) obscuriceps

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Weevil (Curculionoidea) Amycterus abnormis (Ground weevil)

Amycterus abnormis
Amycterus abnormis
Amycterus abnormis
Amycterus abnormis
Amycterus abnormis
Amycterus abnormis

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Weevil (Curculionoidea) Amycterus morbillosus (A terrestrial weevil)

Amycterus morbillosus
Amycterus morbillosus
Amycterus morbillosus
Amycterus morbillosus

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

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

Anachloris subochraria
Anachloris subochraria
Anachloris subochraria
Anachloris subochraria
Anachloris subochraria
Anachloris subochraria

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Dragonfly (Anisoptera) Anax papuensis (Australian Emperor)

Anax papuensis
Anax papuensis
Anax papuensis
Anax papuensis
Anax papuensis
Anax papuensis

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

Ancita australis
Ancita australis
Ancita australis
Ancita australis
Ancita australis
Ancita australis

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

Ancita sp. (genus)
Ancita sp. (genus)
Ancita sp. (genus)
Ancita sp. (genus)
Ancita sp. (genus)
Ancita sp. (genus)

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Geometer moth (Geometridae) Androchela newmannaria (Newman's Cape-moth)

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Geometer moth (Geometridae) Androchela sp. (A Cape-moth)

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

Anestia sp. (genus) MALE
Anestia sp. (genus) FEMALE & EGGS
Anestia sp. (genus)
Anestia sp. (genus)
Anestia sp. (genus)
Anestia sp. (genus)

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Shield, Stink & Jewel Bug (Pentatomoidea) Anischys sp. (genus) (Unidentified Anischys bug)

Anischys sp. (genus)
Anischys sp. (genus)

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Other moth Anisogona similana (A tortrix moth)

Anisogona similana
Anisogona similana

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

Anisolabididae (family)
Anisolabididae (family)
Anisolabididae (family)
Anisolabididae (family)
Anisolabididae (family)
Anisolabididae (family)

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