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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.

162 species

Abantiades labyrinthicus (Labyrinthine Ghost Moth)

Abantiades labyrinthicus
Abantiades labyrinthicus
Abantiades labyrinthicus

Acantholena siccella (A Concealer moth (Chezala Group))

Acantholena siccella
Acantholena siccella
Acantholena siccella

Achyra affinitalis (Cotton Web Spinner)

Achyra affinitalis
Achyra affinitalis
Achyra affinitalis

Acrida conica (Giant green slantface)

Acrida conica
Acrida conica
Acrida conica

Acrocercops axinophora (Gracillariidae)

Acrocercops axinophora
Acrocercops axinophora

Acrocercops irrorata (A Leaf Miner (Gracillariidae))

Acrocercops irrorata
Acrocercops irrorata
Acrocercops irrorata

Anthela acuta (Common Anthelid)

Anthela acuta
Anthela acuta
Anthela acuta

Aphomia baryptera (A pyralid moth)

Aphomia baryptera
Aphomia baryptera
Aphomia baryptera

Ardozyga abruptella (A Gelechioid moth)

Ardozyga abruptella
Ardozyga abruptella
Ardozyga abruptella

Ardozyga eumela (Gelechiidae)

Ardozyga eumela
Ardozyga eumela
Ardozyga eumela

Asilidae (family) (Unidentified Robber fly)

Asilidae (family)
Asilidae (family)
Asilidae (family)

Asura cervicalis (Spotted Lichen Moth)

Asura cervicalis
Asura cervicalis
Asura cervicalis

Atalopsis heniocha (A concealer moth)

Atalopsis heniocha
Atalopsis heniocha
Atalopsis heniocha

Athetis tenuis (Plain Tenuis Moth)

Athetis tenuis
Athetis tenuis
Athetis tenuis

Batrachedra (genus) (The single genus of family Batrachedridae)

Batrachedra (genus)
Batrachedra (genus)
Batrachedra (genus)

Caedicia simplex (Common Garden Katydid)

Caedicia simplex
Caedicia simplex
Caedicia simplex

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