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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.

392 species

Abantiades magnificus (A ghost moth)

Abantiades magnificus
Abantiades magnificus
Abantiades magnificus
Abantiades magnificus
Abantiades magnificus
Abantiades magnificus

Abantiades marcidus (A ghost moth)

Acanthonevroides nigriventris (primitive crane fly)

Achyra affinitalis (Cotton Web Spinner)

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

Acraea andromacha (Glasswing)

Acraea andromacha
Acraea andromacha
Acraea andromacha
Acraea andromacha
Acraea andromacha
Acraea andromacha

Acrida conica (Giant Green Slantface)

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

Adelium angulicolle (A Darkling Beetle)

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

Adversaeschna brevistyla (Blue-spotted Hawker)

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

Aedes alboannulatus (White-kneed Mosquito)

Aedes alboannulatus
Aedes alboannulatus
Aedes alboannulatus
Aedes alboannulatus

Afranthidium (Immanthidium) repetitum (African Carder Bee, Megachild Bee)

Afranthidium (Immanthidium) repetitum
Afranthidium (Immanthidium) repetitum
Afranthidium (Immanthidium) repetitum
Afranthidium (Immanthidium) repetitum
Afranthidium (Immanthidium) repetitum
Afranthidium (Immanthidium) repetitum

Agraptocorixa eurynome (water boatman)

Alcaeus varicornis (Acacia Stink Bug)

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

Allodessus bistrigatus (Diving beetle)

Aloa marginata (Donovan's Tiger Moth)

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

Amata xanthura (A moth)

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