Insect identification resources online

The Australian National Insect Collection provides web-based information and tools for the identification of insects and related organisms.

  • Anatomical Atlas of Drosophila melanogaster

    This interactive morphology clarifies structures found in this particular group of flies. It is designed to provide a bridge between communities who study the taxonomy and systematics of the group, and those who study the genetics and development of this model organism and its close relatives.

  • Anatomical Atlas of Flies

    The Anatomical Atlas of Flies is an interactive and comparative morphology for the insect order Diptera. It compares the morphology of the four major groups: the Calyptrate, the Acalyptrate, the Lower Brachycera and the Lower Diptera.

  • Australian Cerambycidae

    Research into the Australian Longhorns, the Cerambycidae, is being partly funded by ABRS in a collaborative venture with CSIRO. The study of the Lamiinae, one of the three major subfamilies, has resulted in a book and companion website. As well a providing information the website also provides a lucid identification key that takes the Lamiinae subfamily to genus level. There are current plans to produce a book on the Cerambycinae and a book on the Prioninae and expand the website to reflect this.

  • Australian Moths Online

    Australian Moths Online is now available on the Atlas of Living Australia, providing reliably identified images of selected Australian moths.

  • Centipedes of Australia

    Research into the Centipedes of Australia was partly funded by ABRS in a in a collaborative venture with CSIRO. It resulted in a centipede checklist and a website providing an interactive dichotomous key to aid with centipede identification.

  • Checklist of the World Thysanoptera

    This world list includes about 7700 species-group and over 1200 genus-group names, together with their authors and dates of publication.

  • Ladybirds of Australia

    Research into the Australian Ladybirds, the Coccinellidae, partly funded by ABRS in a collaborative venture with CSIRO resulted in a book and companion website. As well a providing information the website also provides a lucid identification key that takes the Ladybird family to genus level.

  • Nematodes

    Some of the results of our research into the Nematodes can be accessed from this link. You will find Identification keys, checklists and general information.

  • OZ Thrips

    An online catalogue of all described species of Australian Thrips. View details and photos on the species in genera of thrips known in Australia in the sub-order Terebrantia, representing five families and four subfamilies. The second sub-order, the Tubulifera, includes a single family, the Phlaeothripidae, with more than 500 genera recorded from Australia, and many species not yet described.

  • What Bug Is That?

    Provides a dichotomous key to aid in the identification of the insect orders. Where the information is available further identification using Lucid keys is provided down to family, genus and species levels.

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