Insect species

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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.

26 species

Apis mellifera (European honey bee)

Apis mellifera
Apis mellifera
Apis mellifera

Bembix sp. (genus) (Unidentified Bembix sand wasp)

Bembix sp. (genus)
Bembix sp. (genus)
Bembix sp. (genus)

Bombus terrestris (Buff-tailed bumblebee, Large earth bumblebee)

Bombus terrestris
Bombus terrestris
Bombus terrestris

Carenum sp. (genus) (Predatory ground beetle)

Carenum sp. (genus)
Carenum sp. (genus)
Carenum sp. (genus)

Diamma bicolor (Blue ant, Bluebottle ant)

Diamma bicolor
Diamma bicolor
Diamma bicolor

Diphucephala sp. (genus) (Green Scarab Beetle)

Diphucephala sp. (genus)
Diphucephala sp. (genus)
Diphucephala sp. (genus)

Drymaplaneta communis (Eastern Wood Runner, Common Shining Cockroach)

Drymaplaneta communis
Drymaplaneta communis
Drymaplaneta communis

Eleale aspera (Clerid beetle)

Eleale aspera
Eleale aspera
Eleale aspera

Geitoneura klugii (Marbled Xenica)

Geitoneura klugii
Geitoneura klugii
Geitoneura klugii

Gelonus tasmanicus (Leaf-footed bug)

Gelonus tasmanicus
Gelonus tasmanicus
Gelonus tasmanicus

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