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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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Geometer moth (Geometridae) Antasia flavicapitata (Yellow-headed Heath Moth)

Antasia flavicapitata
Antasia flavicapitata
Antasia flavicapitata
Antasia flavicapitata
Antasia flavicapitata
Antasia flavicapitata

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Anthelid moth (Anthelidae) Anthela acuta (Common Anthelid Moth)

Anthela acuta
Anthela acuta

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Anthelid moth (Anthelidae) Anthela canescens (Anthelid moth)

Anthela canescens
Anthela canescens
Anthela canescens
Anthela canescens

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Anthelid moth (Anthelidae) Anthela nicothoe (Urticating Anthelid moth)

Anthela nicothoe
Anthela nicothoe
Anthela nicothoe
Anthela nicothoe
Anthela nicothoe
Anthela nicothoe

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Anthelid moth (Anthelidae) Anthela ocellata (Eyespot anthelid moth)

Anthela ocellata
Anthela ocellata
Anthela ocellata
Anthela ocellata
Anthela ocellata
Anthela ocellata

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Anthelid moth (Anthelidae) Anthela sp. (genus) (Anthelid moth, Woolly bear)

Anthela sp. (genus)
Anthela sp. (genus)
Anthela sp. (genus)
Anthela sp. (genus)
Anthela sp. (genus)
Anthela sp. (genus)

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Anthelid moth (Anthelidae) Anthela varia (Varied anthelid)

Anthela varia Male
Anthela varia Female
Anthela varia
Anthela varia
Anthela varia
Anthela varia

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Anthelid moth (Anthelidae) Anthelidae sp. (family) (Unidentified anthelid moth or Australian woolly bear)

Anthelidae sp. (family)
Anthelidae sp. (family)
Anthelidae sp. (family)
Anthelidae sp. (family)
Anthelidae sp. (family)
Anthelidae sp. (family)

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Bee fly (Bombyliidae) Anthrax sp. (genus) (Unidentified Anthrax bee fly)

Anthrax sp. (genus)
Anthrax sp. (genus)
Anthrax sp. (genus)
Anthrax sp. (genus)
Anthrax sp. (genus)
Anthrax sp. (genus)

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Other beetle Anthrenus verbasci (Varied (or Variegated) Carpet Beetle)

Anthrenus verbasci
Anthrenus verbasci
Anthrenus verbasci
Anthrenus verbasci
Anthrenus verbasci
Anthrenus verbasci

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Weevil (Curculionoidea) Anthribidae sp. (family) (Unidentified fungus weevil)

Anthribidae sp. (family)
Anthribidae sp. (family)
Anthribidae sp. (family)
Anthribidae sp. (family)

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Geometer moth (Geometridae) Antictenia punctunculus (A geometer moth)

Antictenia punctunculus FEMALE
Antictenia punctunculus
Antictenia punctunculus MALE
Antictenia punctunculus
Antictenia punctunculus
Antictenia punctunculus

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Scarab beetle (Scarabaeidae) Antitrogus morbillosus (Tableland pasture scarab)

Antitrogus morbillosus
Antitrogus morbillosus

Leafhopper & planthopper (Hemiptera, several families) Anzora unicolor (Grey Planthopper)

Anzora unicolor
Anzora unicolor
Anzora unicolor
Anzora unicolor
Anzora unicolor
Anzora unicolor

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Aoplocnemis sp. (genus)
Aoplocnemis sp. (genus)

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Ant (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) Aphaenogaster longiceps (A funnel ant)

Aphaenogaster longiceps
Aphaenogaster longiceps

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Psyllid, lerp, aphid & whitefly (Hemiptera, several families) Aphididae (family) (Unidentified aphid)

Aphididae (family)
Aphididae (family)
Aphididae (family)
Aphididae (family)
Aphididae (family)
Aphididae (family)

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Scarab beetle (Scarabaeidae) Aphodius fimentarius (Fimentarius dung beetle)

Aphodius fimentarius
Aphodius fimentarius
Aphodius fimentarius
Aphodius fimentarius
Aphodius fimentarius
Aphodius fimentarius

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Leafhopper & planthopper (Hemiptera, several families) Aphrophorinae sp. (subfamily) (Unidentified spittlebug)

Aphrophorinae sp. (subfamily)
Aphrophorinae sp. (subfamily)
Aphrophorinae sp. (subfamily)
Aphrophorinae sp. (subfamily)
Aphrophorinae sp. (subfamily)
Aphrophorinae sp. (subfamily)

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Bee (Hymenoptera, Apiformes) Apiformes sp. (group) (Unidentified bee)

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