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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

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.

320 species

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

Achyra affinitalis (Cotton Web Spinner)

Achyra affinitalis
Achyra affinitalis
Achyra affinitalis
Achyra affinitalis
Achyra affinitalis
Achyra affinitalis

Acrida conica (Giant green slantface)

Acrida conica ADULT
Acrida conica
Acrida conica NYMPH
Acrida conica
Acrida conica
Acrida conica

Adversaeschna brevistyla (Blue-spotted Hawker)

Adversaeschna brevistyla
Adversaeschna brevistyla
Adversaeschna brevistyla
Adversaeschna brevistyla
Adversaeschna brevistyla
Adversaeschna brevistyla

Aedes (Rampamyia) notoscriptus (Striped Mosquito)

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

Aedes alboannulatus (White-kneed Mosquito)

Aedes alboannulatus
Aedes alboannulatus
Aedes alboannulatus
Aedes alboannulatus

Agrotis porphyricollis (Variable Cutworm)

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

Altica sp. (genus) (Flea beetle)

Altica sp. (genus)
Altica sp. (genus)
Altica sp. (genus)
Altica sp. (genus)
Altica sp. (genus)
Altica sp. (genus)

Amata (genus) (Handmaiden Moth)

Amata (genus)
Amata (genus)
Amata (genus)
Amata (genus)
Amata (genus)
Amata (genus)

Amegilla cingulata (Blue-banded Bee)

Amegilla sp. (genus) (Blue Banded Bee)

Amegilla sp. (genus)
Amegilla sp. (genus)
Amegilla sp. (genus)
Amegilla sp. (genus)
Amegilla sp. (genus)
Amegilla sp. (genus)

Amenia sp. (genus) (Yellow-headed Blowfly)

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

Amycterus sp. (genus) (Ground weevil)

Amycterus sp. (genus)
Amycterus sp. (genus)
Amycterus sp. (genus)
Amycterus sp. (genus)
Amycterus sp. (genus)
Amycterus sp. (genus)

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