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Overview

A guide to Australian insect families (from CSIRO) can be found at:
http://anic.ento.csiro.au/insectfamilies/

Daley, A. & Ellingsen, K., 2012. Insects of Tasmania: An online field guide

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.

28 species

Athetis tenuis (Plain Tenuis Moth)

Athetis tenuis
Athetis tenuis
Athetis tenuis

Cadmus sp. (genus) (Unidentified Cadmus leaf beetle)

Cadmus sp. (genus)
Cadmus sp. (genus)
Cadmus sp. (genus)

Calomela vittata (Acacia leaf beetle)

Calomela vittata
Calomela vittata
Calomela vittata

Cardiaspina sp. (genus) (Lace or Basket lerp)

Cardiaspina sp. (genus)
Cardiaspina sp. (genus)
Cardiaspina sp. (genus)

Edosa irruptella (A Tineid moth)

Edosa irruptella
Edosa irruptella
Edosa irruptella

Ethonion sp. (genus) (Root-galling jewel beetle)

Ethonion sp. (genus)
Ethonion sp. (genus)
Ethonion sp. (genus)

Hellula hydralis (Cabbage Centre Moth)

Hellula hydralis
Hellula hydralis
Hellula hydralis

Paropsis porosa (A eucalyptus leaf beetle)

Paropsis porosa
Paropsis porosa
Paropsis porosa

Paropsisterna decolorata (A Eucalyptus leaf beetle)

Paropsisterna decolorata
Paropsisterna decolorata
Paropsisterna decolorata

Paropsisterna gloriosa (Glorious eucalyptus leaf beetle)

Paropsisterna gloriosa
Paropsisterna gloriosa
Paropsisterna gloriosa

Paropsisterna m-fuscum (Eucalyptus Leaf Beetle)

Paropsisterna m-fuscum
Paropsisterna m-fuscum
Paropsisterna m-fuscum

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