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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

 

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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Abantiades hyalinatus Photo ALA cc
Abantiades hyalinatus Wonboyn, NSW
Abantiades hyalinatus road to Baycliff, Wonboyn, NSW
Abantiades hyalinatus
Abantiades hyalinatus
Abantiades hyalinatus
Abantiades labyrinthicus
Abantiades labyrinthicus
Abantiades labyrinthicus
Abantiades labyrinthicus
Abantiades labyrinthicus
Abantiades labyrinthicus

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Pyralid or Snout Moth (Pyralidae & Crambidae) Achyra affinitalis (Achyra affinitalis)

Achyra affinitalis
Achyra affinitalis
Achyra affinitalis
Achyra affinitalis

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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Dragonfly (Anisoptera) Adversaeschna brevistyla (Blue-spotted Hawker)

Adversaeschna brevistyla Kerri-Lee Harris, Wonboyn
Adversaeschna brevistyla Kerri-Lee Harris, Wonboyn
Adversaeschna brevistyla Kerri-Lee Harris, Wonboyn
Adversaeschna brevistyla
Adversaeschna brevistyla
Adversaeschna brevistyla

Crane fly, mosquito & gnat (several families) Aedes (Rampamyia) notoscriptus (Striped Mosquito)

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

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Aedes alboannulatus
Aedes alboannulatus
Aedes alboannulatus
Aedes alboannulatus

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Noctuid moth (Noctuidae & Erebidae) Agrotis porphyricollis (Variable Cutworm)

Agrotis porphyricollis Female
Agrotis porphyricollis Male
Agrotis porphyricollis Male on left, female on right
Agrotis porphyricollis
Agrotis porphyricollis
Agrotis porphyricollis

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Tiger moth (Arctiidae & Aganaidae) Amata sp. (genus) (A Tiger Moth)

Amata sp. (genus)
Amata sp. (genus)
Amegilla (Notomegilla) chlorocyanea
Amegilla (Notomegilla) chlorocyanea
Amegilla (Notomegilla) chlorocyanea
Amegilla (Notomegilla) chlorocyanea

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Blow fly (Calliphoridae) Amenia sp. (genus) (Yellow-headed Blowfly)

Amenia sp. (genus)
Amenia sp. (genus)

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Stiletto fly (Therevidae) Anabarhynchus loneae (Stiletto fly)

Dragonfly (Anisoptera) Anax papuensis (Australian Emperor)

Anax papuensis
Anax papuensis
Anax papuensis
Anax papuensis
Anax papuensis
Anax papuensis

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Crane fly, mosquito & gnat (several families) Anopheles annulipes (Spear Mosquito)

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