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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.

41 species

Achyra affinitalis (Cotton Web Spinner)

Achyra affinitalis
Achyra affinitalis
Achyra affinitalis

Acmosara polyxena (Heliocosma Group)

Acmosara polyxena
Acmosara polyxena
Acmosara polyxena

Acrida conica (Giant green slantface)

Acrida conica
Acrida conica
Acrida conica

Aeolothapsa malacella (A Concealer moth)

Aeolothapsa malacella
Aeolothapsa malacella
Aeolothapsa malacella

Castiarina erythroptera (Lycid Mimic Jewel Beetle)

Castiarina erythroptera
Castiarina erythroptera
Castiarina erythroptera

Crambidae sp. (family) (A crambid snout mouth)

Crambidae sp. (family)
Crambidae sp. (family)
Crambidae sp. (family)

Delias harpalyce (Imperial Jezebel)

Delias harpalyce
Delias harpalyce
Delias harpalyce

Etiella behrii (Lucerne Seed Web Moth)

Etiella behrii
Etiella behrii
Etiella behrii

Geitoneura acantha (Ringed Xenica)

Geitoneura acantha
Geitoneura acantha
Geitoneura acantha

Geitoneura klugii (Marbled Xenica)

Geitoneura klugii
Geitoneura klugii
Geitoneura klugii

Heliothis punctifera (Lesser Budworm)

Heliothis punctifera
Heliothis punctifera
Heliothis punctifera

Hellula hydralis (Cabbage Centre Moth)

Hellula hydralis
Hellula hydralis
Hellula hydralis

Hemiptera (order) (Unidentified True Bug)

Hemiptera (order)
Hemiptera (order)
Hemiptera (order)

Heteronympha penelope (Shouldered Brown)

Heteronympha penelope
Heteronympha penelope
Heteronympha penelope

Heteroptera (suborder) (Unidentified True bug)

Heteroptera (suborder)
Heteroptera (suborder)
Heteroptera (suborder)

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