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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.

17 species

Acraea terpsicore (Tawny Coster)

Danaus affinis (Marsh Tiger)

Diplacodes bipunctata (Wandering Percher)

Diplacodes bipunctata
Diplacodes bipunctata
Diplacodes bipunctata
Diplacodes bipunctata
Diplacodes bipunctata
Diplacodes bipunctata

Diplacodes haematodes (Scarlet Percher)

Diplacodes haematodes
Diplacodes haematodes
Diplacodes haematodes
Diplacodes haematodes
Diplacodes haematodes
Diplacodes haematodes

Euploea corinna (Common Crow)

Euploea corinna (Common Crow Butterfly, Oleander Butterfly)

Euploea corinna
Euploea corinna
Euploea corinna
Euploea corinna
Euploea corinna
Euploea corinna

Graphium choredon (Blue Triangle)

Graphium choredon
Graphium choredon
Graphium choredon
Graphium choredon
Graphium choredon
Graphium choredon

Hypolimnas bolina (Varied Eggfly)

Ornithoptera euphorion (Cairns Birdwing)

Orthetrum sabina (Slender Skimmer)

Orthetrum sabina Ross Mannell, Bournda
Orthetrum sabina Max Campbell, Wallagoot Lake
Orthetrum sabina Max Campbell, Wallagoot Lake
Orthetrum sabina
Orthetrum sabina
Orthetrum sabina

Orthetrum villosovittatum (Fiery Skimmer)

Orthetrum villosovittatum Male
Orthetrum villosovittatum Male
Orthetrum villosovittatum Female
Orthetrum villosovittatum
Orthetrum villosovittatum
Orthetrum villosovittatum

Papilio aegeus (Orchard Swallowtail, Large Citrus Butterfly)

Papilio aegeus female
Papilio aegeus caterpiller
Papilio aegeus pupa
Papilio aegeus
Papilio aegeus
Papilio aegeus

Papilio demoleus (Chequered Swallowtail)

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

Pseudagrion microcephalum (Blue Riverdamsel)

Pseudagrion microcephalum Harvey Perkins, Montague Island
Pseudagrion microcephalum Max Campbell, Kianga
Pseudagrion microcephalum Max Campbell, Kianga
Pseudagrion microcephalum
Pseudagrion microcephalum
Pseudagrion microcephalum

Rhyothemis graphiptera (Graphic Flutterer)

Rhyothemis graphiptera
Rhyothemis graphiptera
Rhyothemis graphiptera
Rhyothemis graphiptera
Rhyothemis graphiptera
Rhyothemis graphiptera

Tirumala hamata (Blue Tiger)

Zyxamma elgneri (Short-tailed Duskdarter)

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