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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.

30 species

Apis mellifera (European honey bee)

Apis mellifera
Apis mellifera
Apis mellifera
Apis mellifera
Apis mellifera
Apis mellifera

Asura lydia (Lydia Lichen Moth)

Asura lydia
Asura lydia
Asura lydia Male
Asura lydia
Asura lydia
Asura lydia

Austrolestes leda (Wandering Ringtail)

Austrolestes leda
Austrolestes leda
Austrolestes leda
Austrolestes leda
Austrolestes leda
Austrolestes leda

Castiarina sexplagiata (Jewel beetle)

Castiarina sexplagiata
Castiarina sexplagiata
Castiarina sexplagiata
Castiarina sexplagiata
Castiarina sexplagiata
Castiarina sexplagiata

Chauliognathus lugubris (Plague Soldier Beetle)

Chauliognathus lugubris
Chauliognathus lugubris
Chauliognathus lugubris
Chauliognathus lugubris
Chauliognathus lugubris
Chauliognathus lugubris

Choerocoris paganus (Ground shield bug)

Choerocoris paganus ADULT
Choerocoris paganus JUVENILE
Choerocoris paganus
Choerocoris paganus
Choerocoris paganus
Choerocoris paganus

Cleobora mellyi (Southern Ladybird)

Cleobora mellyi
Cleobora mellyi
Cleobora mellyi
Cleobora mellyi
Cleobora mellyi
Cleobora mellyi

Cuspicona sp. (genus) (Shield bug)

Cuspicona sp. (genus)
Cuspicona sp. (genus)
Cuspicona sp. (genus)
Cuspicona sp. (genus)
Cuspicona sp. (genus)
Cuspicona sp. (genus)

Delias harpalyce (Imperial Jezebel)

Delias harpalyce
Delias harpalyce
Delias harpalyce
Delias harpalyce
Delias harpalyce
Delias harpalyce

Diplacodes bipunctata (Wandering Percher)

Diplacodes bipunctata
Diplacodes bipunctata
Diplacodes bipunctata
Diplacodes bipunctata
Diplacodes bipunctata
Diplacodes bipunctata

Dolichopodidae sp. (family) (Unidentified Long-legged fly)

Dolichopodidae sp. (family)
Dolichopodidae sp. (family)
Dolichopodidae sp. (family)
Dolichopodidae sp. (family)
Dolichopodidae sp. (family)
Dolichopodidae sp. (family)

Eleale aspera (Clerid beetle)

Eleale aspera
Eleale aspera
Eleale aspera
Eleale aspera
Eleale aspera
Eleale aspera

Eristalinus punctulatus (Golden Native Drone Fly)

Eristalinus punctulatus
Eristalinus punctulatus
Eristalinus punctulatus
Eristalinus punctulatus
Eristalinus punctulatus
Eristalinus punctulatus

Fabriogenia sp. (genus) (Spider wasp)

Fabriogenia sp. (genus)
Fabriogenia sp. (genus)
Fabriogenia sp. (genus)
Fabriogenia sp. (genus)
Fabriogenia sp. (genus)
Fabriogenia sp. (genus)

Heteronympha merope (Common Brown)

Heteronympha merope MALE
Heteronympha merope FEMALE
Heteronympha merope
Heteronympha merope
Heteronympha merope
Heteronympha merope

Ischnura aurora (Aurora Bluetail)

Ischnura aurora
Ischnura aurora
Ischnura aurora
Ischnura aurora
Ischnura aurora
Ischnura aurora

Junonia villida (Meadow Argus)

Junonia villida
Junonia villida
Junonia villida Larvae
Junonia villida
Junonia villida
Junonia villida

Leioproctus sp. (genus) (Plaster bee)

Leioproctus sp. (genus)
Leioproctus sp. (genus)
Leioproctus sp. (genus)
Leioproctus sp. (genus)
Leioproctus sp. (genus)
Leioproctus sp. (genus)

Lepidoscia arctiella (Tower Case Moth)

Lepidoscia arctiella
Lepidoscia arctiella
Lepidoscia arctiella
Lepidoscia arctiella
Lepidoscia arctiella
Lepidoscia arctiella

Leptotarsus (Macromastix) costalis (Common Brown Crane Fly)

Leptotarsus (Macromastix) costalis
Leptotarsus (Macromastix) costalis
Leptotarsus (Macromastix) costalis
Leptotarsus (Macromastix) costalis
Leptotarsus (Macromastix) costalis
Leptotarsus (Macromastix) costalis

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