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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

Acraea terpsicore (Tawny Coster)

Acraea terpsicore
Acraea terpsicore
Acraea terpsicore

Apis mellifera (European honey bee)

Apis mellifera
Apis mellifera
Apis mellifera

Cressida cressida (Clearwing Swallowtail)

Cressida cressida

Cupha prosope (Bordered Rustic)

Cupha prosope
Cupha prosope
Cupha prosope

Danaus affinis (Marsh Tiger)

Danaus affinis
Danaus affinis
Danaus affinis

Danaus petilia (Lesser wanderer)

Danaus petilia
Danaus petilia
Danaus petilia

Euploea corinna (Common Crow Butterfly, Oleander Butterfly)

Euploea corinna
Euploea corinna
Euploea corinna

Graphium choredon (Blue Triangle)

Graphium choredon
Graphium choredon
Graphium choredon

Hypolimnas alimena (Blue-banded Eggfly)

Hypolimnas alimena

Hypolimnas bolina (Varied Eggfly)

Hypolimnas bolina
Hypolimnas bolina
Hypolimnas bolina

Junonia hedonia (Chocolate Argus)

Junonia hedonia

Mycalesis terminus (Orange Bush-brown)

Mycalesis terminus

Neurothemis stigmatizans (Painted Grasshawk)

Ornithoptera euphorion (Cairns Birdwing)

Ornithoptera euphorion
Ornithoptera euphorion
Ornithoptera euphorion

Papilio aegeus (Orchard Swallowtail, Large Citrus Butterfly)

Papilio aegeus
Papilio aegeus
Papilio aegeus

Papilio demoleus (Chequered Swallowtail)

Papilio demoleus
Papilio demoleus
Papilio demoleus

Papilio ulysses (Ulysses Butterfly)

Papilio ulysses
Papilio ulysses
Papilio ulysses

Tirumala hamata (Blue Tiger)

Tirumala hamata
Tirumala hamata
Tirumala hamata

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