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Have you found an interesting insect but aren't sure what it is? Have you got a question you'd like to ask an entomologist? Kathy Ebert, a PhD student and entomology tutor from the University of Queensland (with help from various experts), has volunteered to answer your queries in her spare time. Be aware that summer is particularly busy with lots of queries so you may not get an answer straightaway. Thank you for your patience. We will try to answer your query as soon as we can!
Identify an insect or other invertebrate yourself
Try the easy to use CSIRO Key to the Invertebrates
What Bug Is That? The Guide to Australian Insect Families - a great resource for identifying insects!
Lucid key for Insect Orders - uses a lucid key to identify insects to orders
Identification key for Insect Orders - another similar key to help you identify insects to order. Click the boxes of the features your insect has and this key will narrow down the possibilities for you. No need to start at the beginning of the key either!
Australian Ants - Keys and information about Australian ants
Australian Moths - photos from CSIRO from different families
Insects of Tasmania - a website set up with photos of insects specifically from Tasmania
Insects in Stored Grain - help identifying pests in stored grain from DEEDI
Waterbug Company (Melbourne based, Australia-wide consulting) The Waterbug people people consult across Australia, especially when it comes to teaching and specimen identification.
Spiders and other Arachnids This site is a working draft for "A field Guide to the Spiders of Australia" by Robert Whyte and Dr Greg Anderson for CSIRO Publishing due to be published in 2014-15.
NOTE: The above sites are for identifying adult insects. Insects may also be found as eggs, larvae, pupae or nymphs.
Larvae Identification Use CSIRO's lucid key to help identify holometabolous insect larvae.