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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.

15 species

Acrida conica (Giant green slantface)

Acrida conica ADULT
Acrida conica
Acrida conica NYMPH
Acrida conica
Acrida conica
Acrida conica

Castiarina sp. (genus) (Unidentified Castiarina jewel beetle)

Castiarina sp. (genus)
Castiarina sp. (genus)
Castiarina sp. (genus)
Castiarina sp. (genus)
Castiarina sp. (genus)
Castiarina sp. (genus)

Colpochila sp. (Chafer beetle)

Colpochila sp. David Jones, Kalaru
Colpochila sp.

Cruria donowani (Crow or Donovan's Day Moth)

Cruria donowani
Cruria donowani
Cruria donowani
Cruria donowani
Cruria donowani
Cruria donowani

Danaus petilia (Lesser wanderer)

Danaus petilia
Danaus petilia
Danaus petilia
Danaus petilia
Danaus petilia
Danaus petilia

Dasygnathus trituberculatus (Rhinoceros beetle)

Dasygnathus trituberculatus MALE
Dasygnathus trituberculatus MALE
Dasygnathus trituberculatus FEMALE
Dasygnathus trituberculatus
Dasygnathus trituberculatus
Dasygnathus trituberculatus

Delias argenthona (Scarlet Jezebel)

Delias argenthona
Delias argenthona
Delias argenthona
Delias argenthona
Delias argenthona
Delias argenthona

Dicranolaius bellulus (Red and Blue Pollen Beetle)

Dicranolaius bellulus
Dicranolaius bellulus
Dicranolaius bellulus
Dicranolaius bellulus
Dicranolaius bellulus
Dicranolaius bellulus

Eurema smilax (Small Grass-yellow)

Eurema smilax
Eurema smilax
Eurema smilax
Eurema smilax
Eurema smilax
Eurema smilax

Hemianax papuensis (Australian Emperor)

Hemianax papuensis Max Campbell, Brogo
Hemianax papuensis Max Campbell, Brogo
Hemianax papuensis Max Campbell, Brogo
Hemianax papuensis
Hemianax papuensis
Hemianax papuensis

Junonia villida (Meadow Argus)

Junonia villida
Junonia villida
Junonia villida Larvae
Junonia villida
Junonia villida
Junonia villida

Papilio demoleus (Chequered Swallowtail)

Papilio demoleus
Papilio demoleus
Papilio demoleus
Papilio demoleus
Papilio demoleus
Papilio demoleus

Vanessa kershawi (Australian Painted Lady)

Vanessa kershawi
Vanessa kershawi
Vanessa kershawi
Vanessa kershawi
Vanessa kershawi
Vanessa kershawi

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