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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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Leafhopper & planthopper (Hemiptera, several families) Terentius convexus (Hornless treehopper)

Terentius convexus
Terentius convexus

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Tiger moth (Arctiidae & Aganaidae) Termessa laeta (Propitious Footman)

Termessa laeta
Termessa laeta

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Tiger moth (Arctiidae & Aganaidae) Termessa nivosa (Snowy Footman)

Termessa nivosa
Termessa nivosa
Termessa nivosa
Termessa nivosa

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Tiger moth (Arctiidae & Aganaidae) Termessa shepherdi (Shepherd's Footman)

Termessa shepherdi
Termessa shepherdi
Termessa shepherdi
Termessa shepherdi
Termessa shepherdi
Termessa shepherdi

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Termessa sp nr xanthomelas
Termessa sp nr xanthomelas
Termessa sp nr xanthomelas
Termessa sp nr xanthomelas

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Tiger moth (Arctiidae & Aganaidae) Termessa zonophanes (Double Yellow-patched Footman)

Termessa zonophanes
Termessa zonophanes

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Termite (Blattodea, several families) Termitoidae sp. (informal group) (Unidentified termite)

Termitoidae sp. (informal group)
Termitoidae sp. (informal group)
Termitoidae sp. (informal group)
Termitoidae sp. (informal group)
Termitoidae sp. (informal group)
Termitoidae sp. (informal group)

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Parasitic wasp (numerous families) Terobiella eucalypti (A wasp forming pointed galls on eucalyptus melliodora)

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Katydid (Orthoptera, Tettigoniidae) Terpandrus horridus (Sydney Gumleaf Katydid)

Terpandrus horridus 5th instar female
Terpandrus horridus
Terpandrus horridus
Terpandrus horridus

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Longhorn beetle (Cerambycidae) Tessaromma undatum (Velvet eucalypt longhorn)

Tessaromma undatum
Tessaromma undatum
Tessaromma undatum
Tessaromma undatum
Tessaromma undatum
Tessaromma undatum

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Grasshopper (Orthoptera, several families) Tetrigidae (family) (Groundhopper or Pygmy grasshopper)

Tetrigidae (family)
Tetrigidae (family)
Tetrigidae (family)
Tetrigidae (family)
Tetrigidae (family)
Tetrigidae (family)

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Cicada (Hemiptera, Cicadoidea) Tettigarcta crinita (Alpine Hairy Cicada)

Tettigarcta crinita
Tettigarcta crinita
Tettigarcta crinita
Tettigarcta crinita
Tettigarcta crinita
Tettigarcta crinita

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Katydid (Orthoptera, Tettigoniidae) Tettigoniidae sp. (family) (Unidentified katydid)

Tettigoniidae sp. (family) Nymph
Tettigoniidae sp. (family)
Tettigoniidae sp. (family)
Tettigoniidae sp. (family)
Tettigoniidae sp. (family)
Tettigoniidae sp. (family)

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Geometer moth (Geometridae) Thalaina clara (Clara's Satin Moth)

Thalaina clara
Thalaina clara
Thalaina clara
Thalaina clara
Thalaina clara
Thalaina clara

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Concealer moth (Oecophoridae) Thalerotricha mylicella (A concealer moth)

Thalerotricha mylicella
Thalerotricha mylicella
Thalerotricha mylicella
Thalerotricha mylicella
Thalerotricha mylicella
Thalerotricha mylicella

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Tiger moth (Arctiidae & Aganaidae) Thallarcha albicollis (Crossed Footman)

Thallarcha albicollis
Thallarcha albicollis
Thallarcha albicollis
Thallarcha albicollis

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Tiger moth (Arctiidae & Aganaidae) Thallarcha chrysochares (Tiger Footman)

Thallarcha chrysochares
Thallarcha chrysochares
Thallarcha chrysochares
Thallarcha chrysochares

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Tiger moth (Arctiidae & Aganaidae) Thallarcha partita (Dark-banded Footman)

Thallarcha partita Female
Thallarcha partita
Thallarcha partita Male
Thallarcha partita
Thallarcha partita
Thallarcha partita

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Tiger moth (Arctiidae & Aganaidae) Thallarcha trissomochla (Yellow Crossed Footman)

Thallarcha trissomochla
Thallarcha trissomochla

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Geometer moth (Geometridae) Thallogama sp. (genus) (A bark moth)

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