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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.

21 species

Amenia sp. (genus) (Yellow-headed Blowfly)

Amenia sp. (genus)
Amenia sp. (genus)
Amenia sp. (genus)
Amenia sp. (genus)
Amenia sp. (genus)
Amenia sp. (genus)

Apis mellifera (European honey bee)

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

Candalides absimilis (Common Pencilled-Blue)

Candalides absimilis
Candalides absimilis
Candalides absimilis
Candalides absimilis
Candalides absimilis
Candalides absimilis

Candalides heathi (Rayed Blue)

Candalides heathi
Candalides heathi
Candalides heathi
Candalides heathi
Candalides heathi
Candalides heathi

Chrysolopus spectabilis (Botany Bay Weevil)

Chrysolopus spectabilis
Chrysolopus spectabilis
Chrysolopus spectabilis
Chrysolopus spectabilis
Chrysolopus spectabilis
Chrysolopus spectabilis

Colepia rufiventris (Robber fly)

Colepia rufiventris
Colepia rufiventris
Colepia rufiventris
Colepia rufiventris
Colepia rufiventris
Colepia rufiventris

Ecnolagria grandis (Honeybrown beetle)

Ecnolagria grandis
Ecnolagria grandis
Ecnolagria grandis Larvae
Ecnolagria grandis
Ecnolagria grandis
Ecnolagria grandis

Elodina angulipennis (Common Pearl White)

Elodina angulipennis
Elodina angulipennis
Elodina angulipennis
Elodina angulipennis

Lampides boeticus (Long-tailed Pea-blue)

Lampides boeticus
Lampides boeticus
Lampides boeticus
Lampides boeticus
Lampides boeticus
Lampides boeticus

Laxta granicollis (Common bark or trilobite cockroach)

Laxta granicollis
Laxta granicollis
Laxta granicollis
Laxta granicollis
Laxta granicollis
Laxta granicollis

Metriolagria formicicola (Darkling beetle)

Metriolagria formicicola
Metriolagria formicicola
Metriolagria formicicola
Metriolagria formicicola
Metriolagria formicicola
Metriolagria formicicola

Ocybadistes walkeri sothis (Green Grass-dart)

Panesthia australis (Common wood cockroach)

Panesthia australis
Panesthia australis
Panesthia australis
Panesthia australis
Panesthia australis
Panesthia australis

Pieris rapae (Cabbage White)

Pieris rapae
Pieris rapae Pupa case
Pieris rapae
Pieris rapae
Pieris rapae
Pieris rapae

Platyzosteria similis (Red-legged litter runner)

Platyzosteria similis
Platyzosteria similis
Platyzosteria similis
Platyzosteria similis
Platyzosteria similis
Platyzosteria similis

Polistes (Polistes) chinensis (Asian paper wasp)

Polistes (Polistes) chinensis
Polistes (Polistes) chinensis
Polistes (Polistes) chinensis
Polistes (Polistes) chinensis
Polistes (Polistes) chinensis
Polistes (Polistes) chinensis

Reduviidae (family) (An assassin bug)

Reduviidae (family)
Reduviidae (family)
Reduviidae (family)
Reduviidae (family)
Reduviidae (family)
Reduviidae (family)

Stratiomyidae (family) (Soldier fly)

Stratiomyidae (family)
Stratiomyidae (family)
Stratiomyidae (family)
Stratiomyidae (family)
Stratiomyidae (family)
Stratiomyidae (family)

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