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Overview

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

Ethan Beaver (ethanbeaver) - Case Moths

Suzi Bond (SuziBond) - Butterflies

Katarina Christenson (kasiaaus) - Moths

John Bromilow (jb2602) - most insects

Simone Clark (SimoneC) - Wasps

Glenn Cocking (GlennCocking) - Moths

Chris Cohen (Myelaphus) - True Flies

Greg Daniels (GregD) - True Flies, a Robber Flies specialist

Roger Farrow (RogerF) - Grasshoppers, Crickets & Katydids, Other Insects

Dave Ferguson (DaveFerg) - True Flies

Matthew Frawley (MatthewFrawley) - Butterflies

Stuart Harris (Harrisi) - Jewel Beetles

Don Herbison-Evans (donhe) - Moths

Owen Holton (owenh) - Butterflies

Sandra Lauer (Illilanga) - Cockroaches & Leafhoppers

Bronwyn King (Bron) - True Bugs & Moths

Jon Lewis (JonLewis) - Ants

James Lumbers (jgl) - True Flies

Michael Maconachie (maconachie) - Dragonflies & Damselflies

Roy McDowall (roymcd) - Dragonflies & Damselflies

Alison Milton (AlisonMilton) - Ants, Beetles & Leafhoppers

Daniel Montes (Birdy) - Wasps, Beetles, Butterflies

Harvey Perkins (HarveyPerkins) - Dragonflies & Damselflies

Lindsay Popple (lpopple) - Cicadas

Kim Pullen (KimberiRP) - all insects, especially Beetles

Sam Reid (samreid007) - Ants & Sawflies

Allen Sundholm (entom2) - Jewel Beetles

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, for example cockroaches, but others as well. Enquiries are welcome.

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.

3871 species

Aaaaba fossicollis (Raspberry jewel beetle)

Aaaaba fossicollis
Aaaaba fossicollis
Aaaaba fossicollis
Aaaaba fossicollis
Aaaaba fossicollis
Aaaaba fossicollis

Aaaaba nodosus (a Jewel beetle)

Aaaaba nodosus
Aaaaba nodosus
Aaaaba nodosus
Aaaaba nodosus
Aaaaba nodosus
Aaaaba nodosus

Aades cultratus (Weevil)

Aades cultratus
Aades cultratus
Aades cultratus
Aades cultratus
Aades cultratus
Aades cultratus

Abantiades atripalpis (Bardee grub/moth, Rain Moth)

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

Abantiades hyalinatus (Mustard Ghost Moth)

Abantiades hyalinatus
Abantiades hyalinatus
Abantiades hyalinatus
Abantiades hyalinatus
Abantiades hyalinatus
Abantiades hyalinatus

Abantiades hyalinatus (Mustard Ghost Moth)

Abantiades hyalinatus
Abantiades hyalinatus
Abantiades hyalinatus
Abantiades hyalinatus
Abantiades hyalinatus
Abantiades hyalinatus

Abantiades labyrinthicus (Labyrinthine Ghost Moth)

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

Abantiades latipennis (Brown Ghost Moth, Pindi Moth)

Abantiades latipennis
Abantiades latipennis
Abantiades latipennis
Abantiades latipennis
Abantiades latipennis
Abantiades latipennis

Abantiades magnificus (Magnificent Ghost Moth)

Abantiades magnificus
Abantiades magnificus
Abantiades magnificus
Abantiades magnificus
Abantiades magnificus
Abantiades magnificus

Abantiades sp. (genus) (A Swift or Ghost moth)

Abantiades sp. (genus)
Abantiades sp. (genus)
Abantiades sp. (genus)
Abantiades sp. (genus)
Abantiades sp. (genus)
Abantiades sp. (genus)

Abantiades sp. (genus) (A Swift or Ghost moth)

Abantiades sp. (genus)
Abantiades sp. (genus)
Abantiades sp. (genus)
Abantiades sp. (genus)
Abantiades sp. (genus)
Abantiades sp. (genus)

Abispa ephippium (Potter wasp, Mason wasp)

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

Acalolepta sp. (genus) (Longhorn beetle)

Acalolepta sp. (genus)
Acalolepta sp. (genus)
Acalolepta sp. (genus)
Acalolepta sp. (genus)

Acanthodela protophaes (A Concealer moth)

Acanthodela protophaes
Acanthodela protophaes
Acanthodela protophaes
Acanthodela protophaes
Acanthodela protophaes
Acanthodela protophaes

Acantholophus echinatus (Spiny ground weevil)

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

Acanthonevroides jarvisi (A fruit fly)

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

Acanthosomatidae (family) (Unidentified Acanthosomatid shield bug)

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

Acanthuchus trispinifer (Three-horned treehopper)

Acanthuchus trispinifer
Acanthuchus trispinifer
Acanthuchus trispinifer
Acanthuchus trispinifer
Acanthuchus trispinifer
Acanthuchus trispinifer

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