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A guide to Australian insect families (from CSIRO) can be found at:

A useful introduction to Insects, visit:

A diagram of Insect morphology illustrating terminology with legend of body parts:

A diagram of an insect illustrating terminology based on a worker ant, see:


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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Acrodipsas myrmecophila (Small Ant-blue)

Acrodipsas myrmecophila
Acrodipsas myrmecophila EGGS
Acrodipsas myrmecophila LARVAE
Acrodipsas myrmecophila
Acrodipsas myrmecophila
Acrodipsas myrmecophila

Austrocoenagrion lyelli (Swamp Bluet)

Austrocoenagrion lyelli
Austrocoenagrion lyelli
Austrocoenagrion lyelli
Austrocoenagrion lyelli

Austropetalia tonyana (Alpine Redspot)

Austropetalia tonyana
Austropetalia tonyana

Perunga ochracea (Perunga grasshopper, Cross-dressing Grasshopper)

Perunga ochracea
Perunga ochracea
Perunga ochracea Nymph stage
Perunga ochracea
Perunga ochracea
Perunga ochracea

Petalura gigantea (Giant Dragonfly)

Synemon plana (Golden Sun Moth)

Synemon plana Male
Synemon plana Female
Synemon plana
Synemon plana
Synemon plana
Synemon plana


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