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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

Suzi Bond (SuziBond) - Butterflies

John Bromilow (jbromilow50) - most insects

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

Sandra Lauer (Illilanga) - Cockroaches & Leafhoppers

Sam Ivanoff (birdy11) - Stick Insects

Bronwyn King (Bron) - True Bugs

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 & Ants

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, especially Wasps, but others as well. 

 

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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Adalia bipunctata (Two-spotted Ladybird)

Agrotis ipsilon (Black Cutworm)

Agrotis ipsilon Female
Agrotis ipsilon Male
Agrotis ipsilon Female
Agrotis ipsilon
Agrotis ipsilon
Agrotis ipsilon

Anthrenus verbasci (Varied or Variegated Carpet Beetle)

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

Aphididae (family) (Unidentified aphid)

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

Aphis nerii (Oleander Aphid, Milkweed Aphid)

Aphis nerii
Aphis nerii

Aphodius fimentarius (Fimentarius dung beetle)

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

Apis mellifera (European honey bee)

Apis mellifera
Apis mellifera
Apis mellifera
Apis mellifera
Apis mellifera
Apis mellifera

Atrichonotus sordidus (Flores Weevil)

Atrichonotus sordidus
Atrichonotus sordidus
Atrichonotus sordidus
Atrichonotus sordidus
Atrichonotus sordidus
Atrichonotus sordidus

Blatta orientalis (Oriental cockroach)

Blatta orientalis
Blatta orientalis
Blatta orientalis
Blatta orientalis
Blatta orientalis
Blatta orientalis

Caliroa cerasi (Pear and cherry slug)

Caliroa cerasi
Caliroa cerasi
Caliroa cerasi
Caliroa cerasi

Calliphora vicina (European bluebottle)

Calliphora vicina
Calliphora vicina
Calliphora vicina
Calliphora vicina
Calliphora vicina
Calliphora vicina

Chrysodeixis eriosoma (Green Looper)

Chrysodeixis eriosoma
Chrysodeixis eriosoma
Chrysodeixis eriosoma
Chrysodeixis eriosoma
Chrysodeixis eriosoma
Chrysodeixis eriosoma

Chrysolina quadrigemina (Greater St Johns Wort beetle)

Chrysolina quadrigemina
Chrysolina quadrigemina
Chrysolina quadrigemina
Chrysolina quadrigemina
Chrysolina quadrigemina
Chrysolina quadrigemina

Corythucha ciliata (Sycamore Lace Bug)

Corythucha ciliata
Corythucha ciliata
Corythucha ciliata
Corythucha ciliata
Corythucha ciliata
Corythucha ciliata

Ctenochares bicolorus (Black-tipped orange ichneumon)

Ctenochares bicolorus
Ctenochares bicolorus
Ctenochares bicolorus
Ctenochares bicolorus
Ctenochares bicolorus
Ctenochares bicolorus

Cyclocephala signaticollis (Argentinian scarab)

Cyclocephala signaticollis
Cyclocephala signaticollis
Cyclocephala signaticollis
Cyclocephala signaticollis
Cyclocephala signaticollis
Cyclocephala signaticollis

Cydia pomonella (Codling Moth)

Cydia pomonella
Cydia pomonella
Cydia pomonella
Cydia pomonella
Cydia pomonella
Cydia pomonella

Cystiphora schmidti (Chondrilla gall midge)

Cystiphora schmidti
Cystiphora schmidti
Cystiphora schmidti
Cystiphora schmidti

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