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Insects

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) - Potter 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

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

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, 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.

68 species

Achyra massalis (Ombava)

Achyra massalis
Achyra massalis
Achyra massalis
Achyra massalis
Achyra massalis
Achyra massalis

Acrocercops laciniella (Blackbutt Leafminer)

Acrocercops laciniella
Acrocercops laciniella
Acrocercops laciniella
Acrocercops laciniella

Adoryphorus coulonii (Redheaded pasture cockchafer)

Adoryphorus coulonii
Adoryphorus coulonii
Adoryphorus coulonii
Adoryphorus coulonii
Adoryphorus coulonii
Adoryphorus coulonii

Aedes (Rampamyia) notoscriptus (Striped Mosquito)

Aedes (Rampamyia) notoscriptus
Aedes (Rampamyia) notoscriptus
Aedes (Rampamyia) notoscriptus
Aedes (Rampamyia) notoscriptus
Aedes (Rampamyia) notoscriptus
Aedes (Rampamyia) notoscriptus

Aedes sp. (genus) (Mosquito)

Aedes sp. (genus)
Aedes sp. (genus)
Aedes sp. (genus)
Aedes sp. (genus)
Aedes sp. (genus)
Aedes sp. (genus)

Agrianome spinicollis (Poinciana longicorn)

Agrianome spinicollis
Agrianome spinicollis
Agrianome spinicollis
Agrianome spinicollis
Agrianome spinicollis
Agrianome spinicollis

Anthela nicothoe (Urticating Anthelid)

Anthela nicothoe
Anthela nicothoe
Anthela nicothoe
Anthela nicothoe
Anthela nicothoe
Anthela nicothoe

Aphis nerii (Milkweed Aphid)

Aphis nerii
Aphis nerii
Aphis nerii
Aphis nerii
Aphis nerii
Aphis nerii

Atrichonotus sordidus (Flores Weevil)

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

Biprorulus bibax (Spined citrus bug)

Biprorulus bibax
Biprorulus bibax
Biprorulus bibax
Biprorulus bibax
Biprorulus bibax
Biprorulus bibax

Blatta orientalis (Oriental cockroach)

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

Bostrychopsis jesuita (Auger beetle)

Bostrychopsis jesuita
Bostrychopsis jesuita

Cadra cautella (Almond Moth)

Cadra cautella
Cadra cautella
Cadra cautella
Cadra cautella

Ceresium quadrimaculatum (A longhorn beetle)

Cuspicona simplex (Green potato bug)

Cuspicona simplex
Cuspicona simplex
Cuspicona simplex
Cuspicona simplex
Cuspicona simplex
Cuspicona simplex

Cyclocephala signaticollis (Argentinian scarab)

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

Dermestes maculatus (Hide beetle)

Dermestes maculatus
Dermestes maculatus
Dermestes maculatus
Dermestes maculatus
Dermestes maculatus
Dermestes maculatus

Diarsia intermixta (Chevron Cutworm)

Diarsia intermixta
Diarsia intermixta
Diarsia intermixta Underside
Diarsia intermixta
Diarsia intermixta
Diarsia intermixta

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Conservation Level

  • All conservation levels (change?)

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