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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.

14 species

Abantiades atripalpis (Bardee grub/moth, Rain Moth)

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

Acraea andromacha (Glasswing)

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

Apolinus lividigaster (Yellow Shouldered Ladybird)

Apolinus lividigaster
Apolinus lividigaster
Apolinus lividigaster
Apolinus lividigaster
Apolinus lividigaster
Apolinus lividigaster

Catocheilus sp. (genus) (Smooth flower wasp)

Catocheilus sp. (genus)
Catocheilus sp. (genus)
Catocheilus sp. (genus)
Catocheilus sp. (genus)
Catocheilus sp. (genus)
Catocheilus sp. (genus)

Coccinella transversalis (Transverse Ladybird)

Coccinella transversalis
Coccinella transversalis
Coccinella transversalis
Coccinella transversalis
Coccinella transversalis
Coccinella transversalis

Illeis galbula (Fungus-eating Ladybird)

Illeis galbula
Illeis galbula
Illeis galbula LARVAE
Illeis galbula
Illeis galbula
Illeis galbula

Melanitis leda (Evening Brown)

Myrmecia sp. (genus) (Bull ant or Jack Jumper)

Myrmecia sp. (genus)
Myrmecia sp. (genus)
Myrmecia sp. (genus)
Myrmecia sp. (genus)
Myrmecia sp. (genus)
Myrmecia sp. (genus)

Nymphes myrmeleonoides (Blue eyes lacewing)

Nymphes myrmeleonoides Adult
Nymphes myrmeleonoides Adult
Nymphes myrmeleonoides Larvae
Nymphes myrmeleonoides
Nymphes myrmeleonoides
Nymphes myrmeleonoides

Psychonotis caelius (Small Green-banded Blue)

Rhyothemis graphiptera (Graphic Flutterer)

Rhyothemis graphiptera
Rhyothemis graphiptera
Rhyothemis graphiptera
Rhyothemis graphiptera
Rhyothemis graphiptera
Rhyothemis graphiptera

Thynninae (subfamily) (Smooth flower wasp)

Thynninae (subfamily)
Thynninae (subfamily)
Thynninae (subfamily)
Thynninae (subfamily)
Thynninae (subfamily)
Thynninae (subfamily)

Tisiphone abeona (Varied Sword-grass Brown)

Tisiphone abeona
Tisiphone abeona
Tisiphone abeona
Tisiphone abeona
Tisiphone abeona
Tisiphone abeona

Xylocopa sp. (A Carpenter Bee)

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329 sightings of 127 species in 35 locations from 55 members
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