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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.

47 species

Acraea terpsicore (Tawny Coster)

Acraea terpsicore
Acraea terpsicore
Acraea terpsicore

Ancita sp. (genus) (Longicorn or longhorn beetle)

Ancita sp. (genus)
Ancita sp. (genus)
Ancita sp. (genus)

Anoplognathus porosus (Porosus Christmas beetle)

Anoplognathus porosus
Anoplognathus porosus
Anoplognathus porosus

Anostostoma opacum (Giant King Cricket)

Anostostoma opacum
Anostostoma opacum
Anostostoma opacum

Apis mellifera (European honey bee)

Apis mellifera
Apis mellifera
Apis mellifera

Arunta perulata (White Drummer)

Arunta perulata
Arunta perulata
Arunta perulata

Belenois java (Caper White)

Belenois java
Belenois java
Belenois java

Birrima castanea (Red Tree-ticker)

Birrima castanea
Birrima castanea
Birrima castanea

Catocheilus sp. (genus) (Smooth flower wasp)

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

Chrysolopus spectabilis (Botany Bay Weevil)

Chrysolopus spectabilis
Chrysolopus spectabilis
Chrysolopus spectabilis

Cryptolaemus montrouzieri (Mealybug ladybird)

Cryptolaemus montrouzieri
Cryptolaemus montrouzieri
Cryptolaemus montrouzieri

Cyclochila australasiae (Greengrocer, Yellow Monday, Masked devil)

Cyclochila australasiae
Cyclochila australasiae
Cyclochila australasiae

Deudorix diovis (Bright Cornelian)

Deudorix diovis
Deudorix diovis
Deudorix diovis

Epilachna sumbana (A Leaf-eating Ladybird)

Epilachna sumbana
Epilachna sumbana
Epilachna sumbana

Halmus chalybeus (Steel-blue labybird)

Halmus chalybeus
Halmus chalybeus
Halmus chalybeus

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