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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.

11 species

Austrocaligula helena (Helena Gum Moth)

Camponotus sp. (genus) (A sugar ant)

Camponotus sp. (genus)
Camponotus sp. (genus)
Camponotus sp. (genus) A wingless queen
Camponotus sp. (genus)
Camponotus sp. (genus)
Camponotus sp. (genus)

Doratifera quadriguttata (Four-spotted Cup Moth)

Doratifera quadriguttata
Doratifera quadriguttata
Doratifera quadriguttata
Doratifera quadriguttata
Doratifera quadriguttata
Doratifera quadriguttata

Harmonia conformis (Common Spotted Ladybird)

Harmonia conformis
Harmonia conformis
Harmonia conformis
Harmonia conformis
Harmonia conformis
Harmonia conformis

Heteronympha merope (Common Brown)

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

Heteronympha paradelpha (Spotted Brown)

Heteronympha paradelpha
Heteronympha paradelpha
Heteronympha paradelpha
Heteronympha paradelpha
Heteronympha paradelpha
Heteronympha paradelpha

Lamprima aurata (Golden stag beetle)

Lamprima aurata MALE
Lamprima aurata MALE
Lamprima aurata FEMALE
Lamprima aurata
Lamprima aurata
Lamprima aurata

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)

Scolypopa australis (Passionvine hopper, Fluffy bum)

Scolypopa australis
Scolypopa australis
Scolypopa australis
Scolypopa australis
Scolypopa australis
Scolypopa australis

Tisiphone abeona (Varied Sword-grass Brown)

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

Vespula germanica (European wasp)

Vespula germanica
Vespula germanica
Vespula germanica
Vespula germanica
Vespula germanica
Vespula germanica

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