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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

Chris Cohen (Myelaphus) - True Flies

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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Swift  and Ghost moth (Hepialidae) Abantiades atripalpis (Bardee, Bardy, Bardi Grub, Rain Moth or Waikerie)

Abantiades atripalpis
Abantiades atripalpis
Abantiades atripalpis
Abantiades atripalpis
Abantiades atripalpis
Abantiades atripalpis

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Abantiades labyrinthicus
Abantiades labyrinthicus
Abantiades labyrinthicus
Abantiades labyrinthicus
Abantiades labyrinthicus
Abantiades labyrinthicus

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Potter wasp (Vespidae, Eumeninae) Abispa ephippium (Potter wasp, Mason wasp)

Abispa ephippium
Abispa ephippium
Abispa ephippium
Abispa ephippium
Abispa ephippium
Abispa ephippium

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Acanthinevania sp. (genus)
Acanthinevania sp. (genus)
Acanthinevania sp. (genus)
Acanthinevania sp. (genus)
Acanthinevania sp. (genus)
Acanthinevania sp. (genus)

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Weevil (Curculionoidea) Acantholophus echinatus (Spiny ground weevil)

Acantholophus echinatus
Acantholophus echinatus
Acantholophus echinatus
Acantholophus echinatus
Acantholophus echinatus
Acantholophus echinatus

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Other true fly Acanthonevroides jarvisi (A fruit fly)

Acanthonevroides jarvisi
Acanthonevroides jarvisi
Acanthonevroides jarvisi
Acanthonevroides jarvisi
Acanthonevroides jarvisi
Acanthonevroides jarvisi

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Shield, Stink & Jewel Bug (Pentatomoidea) Acanthosomatidae (family) (Unidentified acanthosomatid shield bug)

Acanthosomatidae (family)
Acanthosomatidae (family)
Acanthosomatidae (family)
Acanthosomatidae (family)
Acanthosomatidae (family)
Acanthosomatidae (family)

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Pyralid or Snout Moth (Pyralidae & Crambidae) Acentropinae sp. (subfamily) (An aquatic moth)

Acentropinae sp. (subfamily)
Acentropinae sp. (subfamily)
Acentropinae sp. (subfamily)
Acentropinae sp. (subfamily)
Acentropinae sp. (subfamily)
Acentropinae sp. (subfamily)

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Pyralid or Snout Moth (Pyralidae & Crambidae) Achyra affinitalis (Cotton Web Spinner)

Achyra affinitalis
Achyra affinitalis
Achyra affinitalis
Achyra affinitalis
Achyra affinitalis
Achyra affinitalis

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Psyllid, lerp, aphid & whitefly (Hemiptera, several families) Acizzia acaciaebaileyanae (Cootamundra Wattle Psyllid)

Acizzia acaciaebaileyanae
Acizzia acaciaebaileyanae
Acizzia acaciaebaileyanae
Acizzia acaciaebaileyanae

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Psyllid, lerp, aphid & whitefly (Hemiptera, several families) Acizzia sp. (genus) (Unidentified wattle psyllid)

Acizzia sp. (genus)
Acizzia sp. (genus)
Acizzia sp. (genus)
Acizzia sp. (genus)
Acizzia sp. (genus)
Acizzia sp. (genus)

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Geometer moth (Geometridae) Acodia pauper (A Geometer moth)

Acodia pauper
Acodia pauper

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Noctuid moth (Noctuidae & Erebidae) Acontia clerana (White Shoulder)

Acontia clerana
Acontia clerana
Acontia clerana
Acontia clerana

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Nymph (Nymphalidae) Acraea andromacha (Glasswing)

Acraea andromacha
Acraea andromacha
Acraea andromacha
Acraea andromacha

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Noctuid moth (Noctuidae & Erebidae) Acrapex exsanguis (A noctuid moth)

Acrapex exsanguis
Acrapex exsanguis
Acrapex exsanguis
Acrapex exsanguis
Acrapex exsanguis
Acrapex exsanguis

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Grasshopper (Orthoptera, several families) Acrida conica (Giant green slantface)

Acrida conica ADULT
Acrida conica
Acrida conica NYMPH
Acrida conica
Acrida conica
Acrida conica

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Grasshopper (Orthoptera, several families) Acrididae sp. (family) (Unidentified Grasshopper)

Acrididae sp. (family)
Acrididae sp. (family)
Acrididae sp. (family)
Acrididae sp. (family)
Acrididae sp. (family)
Acrididae sp. (family)

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Katydid (Orthoptera, Tettigoniidae) Acripeza reticulata (Mountain Katydid)

Acripeza reticulata
Acripeza reticulata
Acripeza reticulata
Acripeza reticulata
Acripeza reticulata
Acripeza reticulata

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Other true fly Acroceridae sp. (family) (Hunchback Fly)

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