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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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Pyralid or Snout Moth (Pyralidae & Crambidae) Achyra affinitalis (Cotton Web Spinner)

Achyra affinitalis Paul Whitington, Wonboyn
Achyra affinitalis Paul Whitington, Wonboyn
Achyra affinitalis Paul Whitington, Wonboyn
Achyra affinitalis
Achyra affinitalis
Achyra affinitalis

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Nymph (Nymphalidae) Acraea andromacha (Glasswing)

Acraea andromacha
Acraea andromacha
Acraea andromacha
Acraea andromacha

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Darkling beetle (Tenebrionidae) Adelium angulicolle (A Darkling Beetle)

Adelium angulicolle
Adelium angulicolle
Adelium angulicolle
Adelium angulicolle
Adelium angulicolle
Adelium angulicolle

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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

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Shield, Stink & Jewel Bug (Pentatomoidea) Alcaeus varicornis (Acacia Stink Bug)

Alcaeus varicornis Immature
Alcaeus varicornis
Alcaeus varicornis
Alcaeus varicornis
Alcaeus varicornis
Alcaeus varicornis

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Tiger moth (Arctiinae) Aloa marginata (Donovan's Tiger Moth)

Aloa marginata
Aloa marginata
Aloa marginata
Aloa marginata
Aloa marginata
Aloa marginata

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Amegilla (Notomegilla) chlorocyanea
Amegilla (Notomegilla) chlorocyanea
Amegilla (Notomegilla) chlorocyanea
Amegilla (Notomegilla) chlorocyanea

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Bee (Hymenoptera, Apiformes) Amegilla (Zonamegilla) asserta (Blue Banded Bee)

Amegilla (Zonamegilla) asserta
Amegilla (Zonamegilla) asserta

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Amphylaeus (Agogenohylaeus) obscuriceps
Amphylaeus (Agogenohylaeus) obscuriceps
Amphylaeus (Agogenohylaeus) obscuriceps
Amphylaeus (Agogenohylaeus) obscuriceps
Amphylaeus (Agogenohylaeus) obscuriceps
Amphylaeus (Agogenohylaeus) obscuriceps

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Dragonfly (Anisoptera) Anax papuensis (Australian Emperor)

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

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Scarab beetle (Scarabaeidae) Anoplognathus montanus (Montane Christmas Beetle)

Anoplognathus montanus MALE
Anoplognathus montanus MALE
Anoplognathus montanus FEMALE
Anoplognathus montanus
Anoplognathus montanus
Anoplognathus montanus

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Scarab beetle (Scarabaeidae) Anoplognathus pallidicollis (Cashew Beetle)

Anoplognathus pallidicollis
Anoplognathus pallidicollis
Anoplognathus pallidicollis
Anoplognathus pallidicollis
Anoplognathus pallidicollis
Anoplognathus pallidicollis

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Scarab beetle (Scarabaeidae) Anoplognathus porosus (Porosus Christmas Beetle)

Anoplognathus porosus Max Campbell, Wapengo
Anoplognathus porosus Max Campbell, Wapengo
Anoplognathus porosus
Anoplognathus porosus

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Water beetle (several families) Antiporus femoralis (Diving Beetle)

Antiporus femoralis
Antiporus femoralis
Antiporus femoralis
Antiporus femoralis
Antiporus femoralis
Antiporus femoralis

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Noctuoid moths (except Arctiinae) Apina callisto (Pasture Day Moth)

Apina callisto
Apina callisto
Apina callisto
Apina callisto
Apina callisto
Apina callisto

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Other bug Apiomorpha munita (Four Horned Gum-Tree Gall)

Apiomorpha munita
Apiomorpha munita
Apiomorpha munita
Apiomorpha munita
Apiomorpha munita
Apiomorpha munita

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Praying mantis (Mantodea) Archimantis latistyla (Stick Mantis, Large Brown Mantis)

Archimantis latistyla
Archimantis latistyla
Archimantis latistyla
Archimantis latistyla
Archimantis latistyla
Archimantis latistyla

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Noctuoid moths (except Arctiinae) Arrade destituta (A Noctuid Moth)

Arrade destituta Paul Whitington, Wonboyn
Arrade destituta Paul Whitington, Wonboyn
Arrade destituta
Arrade destituta

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Tiger moth (Arctiinae) Asura lydia (Lydia Lichen Moth)

Asura lydia
Asura lydia
Asura lydia
Asura lydia
Asura lydia
Asura lydia

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Damselfly (Zygoptera) Austroagrion watsoni (Eastern Billabongfly)

Austroagrion watsoni
Austroagrion watsoni
Austroagrion watsoni
Austroagrion watsoni
Austroagrion watsoni
Austroagrion watsoni

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