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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.

2103 species

Aades cultratus (Weevil)

Aades cultratus
Aades cultratus
Aades cultratus
Aades cultratus
Aades cultratus
Aades cultratus

Abantiades aphenges (Ghost Moth)

Abantiades aphenges Paul Whitington, Wonboyn
Abantiades aphenges Paul Whitington, Wonboyn
Abantiades aphenges Paul Whitington, Wonboyn
Abantiades aphenges
Abantiades aphenges
Abantiades aphenges

Abantiades atripalpis (Bardee grub/moth, Rain Moth)

Abantiades atripalpis
Abantiades atripalpis
Abantiades atripalpis
Abantiades atripalpis
Abantiades atripalpis
Abantiades atripalpis

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

Abantiades labyrinthicus (Labyrinthine Ghost Moth)

Abantiades labyrinthicus
Abantiades labyrinthicus
Abantiades labyrinthicus
Abantiades labyrinthicus
Abantiades labyrinthicus
Abantiades labyrinthicus

Abispa sp. (Potter Wasp)

Abispa sp. Potter Wasp - Currarong
Abispa sp.

Acalolepta sp. (Longhorn beetle)

Acanthodela erythrosema (Acanthodela erythrosema)

Acanthodela erythrosema Photo Donald Hobern
Acanthodela erythrosema
Acanthodela erythrosema
Acanthodela erythrosema

Acanthucus sp. (Three-horned treehopper)

Acanthucus sp. Kerri-Lee, Tura Beach
Acanthucus sp. Kerri-Lee, Tura Beach
Acanthucus sp. Max Campbell, Tura Beach
Acanthucus sp.
Acanthucus sp.
Acanthucus sp.

Acatapaustus leucospila (Acatapaustus leucospila)

Acatapaustus leucospila Photo Graeme Cocks (ALA)
Acatapaustus leucospila

Acentropinae sp. (Marsh moth)

Achaea janata (Castor Semi-looper)

Achaea janata Kerry Vance, Tathra
Achaea janata

Achyra affinitalis (Cotton Web Spinner)

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

Acmotoma magniferella (Acmotoma magniferella)

Acmotoma sp. (Acmotoma sp.)

Acolasta scolia (Acolasta scolia)

Acolasta sp. (Acolasta sp.)

Acontia nivipicta (Acontia nivipicta)

Acontia nivipicta
Acontia nivipicta
Acontia nivipicta
Acontia nivipicta
Acontia nivipicta
Acontia nivipicta

Acosmeryx anceus (Acosmeryx anceus)

Acosmeryx anceus
Acosmeryx anceus
Acosmeryx anceus
Acosmeryx anceus
Acosmeryx anceus
Acosmeryx anceus

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