This web site could not be possible without help from the following people and publications:
Publications and CD-ROMS
Spiders of Australia - Interactive Identification to Subfamily (CD-ROM) - Raven, Baehr & Harvey. CSIRO Publishing (c) Commonwealth of Australia 2002.
On The Fly - The Interactive Atlas and Key to Australian Fly Families (CD-ROM) - Hamilton, Yeates, Hastings, Colless, McAlpine, Bickel, Daniels, Schneider, Cranston & Marshall. Published by Australian Biological Resources Study and Centre For Biological Information Technology.
What Wasp Is That? - An interactive identification guide to the Australasian families of Hymenoptera (CD-ROM) - Stevens, Stephens, Iqbal, Jennings, La Salle and Austin. Published by Australian Biological Resources Study and Centre for Biological Onformation Technology. (c) Commonwealth of Australia 2007.
The Complete Field Guide To Butterflies Of Australia - Michael F.Braby. CSIRO Publishing (c) CSIRO 2004. Distributed by Steve Parish Publishing Pty Ltd.
The Complete Field Guide To Dragonflies Of Australia - Gunther Theischinger & John Hawking. CSIRO Publishing. (c) Gunther Theischinger & John Hawking 2006. Distributed by Steve Parish Publishing Pty Ltd.
The Complete Field Guide To Stick And Leaf Insects Of Australia - Paul D Brock and Jack W Hasenpusch. CSIRO Publishing. (c) Paul D Brock and Jack W Hasenpusch 2009.
Insects Of Australia - John Goode. Angus & Robertson Publishers. (C) Joh Goode 1980 (text), Angus & Robertson Publishers 1926 (illustrations).
Wildlife Of Greater Brisbane - A Queensland Museum Publication. (c) Queensland Museum 1995.
Wildlife Of Greater Brisbane (new edition) - A Queensland Museum Publication. (c) Queensland Museum 2007.
Melbourne's Wildlife: A Field Guide To The Fauna Of Greater Melbourne - Museum Victoria. CSIRO Publishing. (c) Museum Victoria 2006.
A Field Guide To Insects Of Australia - Paul Zborowski & Ross Storey. Reed New Holland. (c) P. Zborowski & R. Storey 1995, 2003 (text); P. Zborowski or as credited 1995, 2003 (photographs); Reed New Holland Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd 2003.
A Field Guide To Insects In Australia: Third Edition - Paul Zborowski and Ross Storey. Reed New Holland. (c) 2010 in text: Paul Zborowski; (c) 2010 in photographs: Paul Zborowski or as credited; (c) 2010 New Holland Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd.
Spiders Of Australia: An Introduction To Their Classification, Biology And Distribution - Trevor J. Hawkeswood. Pensoft Publishers. (c) Pensoft Publishers 2003.
Spiders And Scorpions Commonly Found In Victoria - Ken L. Walker, Alan L. Yen and Graham A. Milledge. Royal Society of Victoria. (c) Royal Society of Victoria 2003.
Beetles of Australia - Trevor Hawkeswood. Angus & Robertson Publishers. (c) Trevor J. Hawkeswood 1987.
A Guide To Australian Moths - Paul Zborowski & Ted Edwards. CSIRO Publishing. (c) Paul Zborowski & Ted Edwards 2007.
A Guide To The Beetles of Australia - George Hangay and Paul Zborowski. CSIRO Publishing. (c) George Hangay and Paul Zborowski 2010.
A Guide To The Katydids of Australia - David Rentz. CSIRO Publishing. (c) David Rentz 2010.
Moths Of Victoria: Part 1 - Silk Moths and Allies - Bombycoidea (includes CD-ROM) - Peter Marriott. Entomological Society of Victoria. (c) Peter Marriott 2008.
Moths Of Victoria: Part 2 - Tiger Moths and Allies - Noctuoidea (A) (includes CD-ROM) - Peter Marriott. Entomological Society of Victoria. (c) Peter Marriott 2009.
Backyard Insects - Paul Horne & Denis Crawford. The Miegunyah Press. Text (c) Paul Horne 2005, Photographs (c) Denis Crawford - Graphic Science 2005, Design and typography (c) Melbourne University Publishing Ltd 2005.
Insects On Grain Legumes In Northern Australia: a survey of potential pests & their enemies - Merle Shepard, R.J. Lawn & Margaret A. Schneider. University of Queensland Press. (c) University of Queensland Press, St Lucia, Queensland 1983.
Grasshopper Country: The abundant orthopteroid insects of Australia - David Rentz. University of New South Wales Press. (c) David Rentz 1996.
A Guide To Australian Grasshoppers and Locusts - D.C.F. Rentz, R.C. Lewis, Y.N. Su and M.S. Upton. Natural History Publications (Borneo). Text (c) D.C.F. Rentz, R.C. Lewis, Y.N. Su and M.S. Upton 2003. Photographs and illustrations (c) 2003 as credited.
Oecophorinae Genera of Australia Volume I: The Wingia Group - Ian F.B. Common. CSIRO Division of Entomolgy, Canberra, Australia. (c) CSIRO Australia 1994.
Tineid Genera of Australia (Lepidoptera) Volume 2 - Robinson Nielson. CSIRO Publications. (c) 1993 CSIRO Australia and British Museum (Natural History), London.
Zygaenid Moths of Australia - Gerhard M. Tarmann. CSIRO Publishing. (c) Gerhard Tarmann 2004.
Click Beetles: Genera of the Australian Elateridae (Coleoptera) - Andrew A. Calder. CSIRO Publishing. (c) CSIRO Australia 1996.
Tenebrionid Beetles of Australia - E.G. Matthews and P. Bouchard. ABRS, Canberra. (c) Commonwealth of Australia 2008.
Australian Weevils Volume V: Colour Plates 1-304 - Elwood C. Zimmerman. CSIRO Australia. Illustrations (c) CSIRO Australia 1991, text (c) Elwood C. Zimmerman 1991.
Australian Weevils Volume VI: Colour Plates 305-632 - Elwood C. Zimmerman. CSIRO Australia. Illustrations (c) CSIRO Australia 1992. Text (c) Elwood C. Zimmerman 1992.
Australian Lauxaniid Flies - S.P. Kim. CSIRO Publishing. (c) CSIRO Australia 1994.
Australian Ants: Their Biology and Identification - S.O. Shattuck. CSIRO Publishing. (c) CSIRO 1999.
Ants Of Brisbane - Dr Chris Burwell. Published by the Queensland Museum. (c) Queensland Museum 2007.
The Ants of Northern Australia: A guide to the monsoonal fauna - Alan N. Anderson. CSIRO Publishing. (c) CSIRO 2000
A Guide To Camponotus Ants Of South Australia - Archie McArthur. South Australian Museum. (c) Archie McArthur 2010
Castiarina: Australia's richest jewel beetle genus - Shelley Barker. ABRS. (c) Commonwealth of Australia 2006.
Links To Other Great Sites
Visit the following sites for more insect and spider information and pictures:
The Find-a-Spider Guide - University of Southern Queensland
A very comprehensive site about spiders of South-East Queensland, their habitats and toxicity.
Dr Greg Anderson and Robert Whyte are assembling a growing collection of images and information for Australian Arachinds.
Lepidoptera Larvae Of Australia
A great site with plenty of pics and info about Australian butterflies and moths and their larvae.
Brisbane Insects and Spiders (Chew Family)
Another great site with lots of information and pictures for insects and spiders in the Brisbane area.
CSIRO Australian Insect Common Name
A large database listing many of the invertebrates found in Australia. It includes pictures of some species.
Australian Moths Online (CSIRO)
A good visual guide for a large number of Australia's moth species.
Auchenorrhyncha Keys - Dept. of Agriculture, NSW
This site has keys for narrowing down identifications for cicadas, leaf hoppers and their relatives, and includes photos of many species. It's best to have a specimen and a good magnifying glass or microscope with you to find some of the tiny identifying features.
A great place to go for interactive keys you can use for identifying a genus or species within some insect orders. The keys for Australian Heteroptera (bug) Families has been particularly useful.
myrmecos.net - ant and other insect photos
A collection of fantastic photos of Australian and exotic ant species. A great visual guide put together by Alex Wild.
Insects of Townsville
Graham Cocks' site with heaps of photos of insects and other invertebrates found in and around Townsville, Queensland.
Spiders of Australia
Image galleries containing pics of a number of the spider species found in Australia.
Vic Museum Butterflies
A handy reference for identifying butterflies. Quite a few of the Victorian species can also be found in other states, including Queensland.
Insect Reference Collection Database ICDB Entomology at Dept. of Agriculture, WA
A large collection of photos from the Western Australian Dept. of Agriculture's insect collection. It includes species from all over the country.
Australian Ants Online (CSIRO)
An interactive key for identifying Australian ants. Having a specimen and a magnifying glass or microscope at hand would be very helpful when needing to find some of the tiny identifying features.
Ecowatch - Invertebrates
A part of the CSIRO site that gives good, basic information on the identifying features of the various invertebrate orders.
Morwell National Park - Invertebrates
A good site that includes a gallery of some of the invertebrates found in the park.
Lots of information and some pictures of Australian spiders and their relatives.
Contains information and images of dragonflies and damselflies found in Victoria and other parts of Australia.
Australian Faunal Directory
An initiative if the Australian Government's Department of the Environment and Heritage. It provides a list of all known fauna species in Australia and is handy when trying to determine a species' place in the taxonomic order.
A site offering lots of pictures and information on Australia's insects and spiders.
Dr. Trevor Hawkeswood, biologist and author, has been studying fauna and flora all over Australia, as well as overseas, and has published many papers and books on the subjects. His publications are available for downloading or purchasing from his site.
A site created by Boris Buche, a coleopterist from Germany, dedicated to the beetles of Indonesia. There are many photos, which makes this site a useful tool in at least placing some Australian beetles in families.
Moths of the World Heritage listed Wet Tropics of Queensland, Australia. Contains a huge gallery of moth photos.
Flaming Yeti custom web site development
Tom Griffin and Damien Buttler offer creative and innovative web site design, fully customised to suit individual needs. Without their help, this site would not exist.
Rowan's photography site. Contains some great invertebrate photos, as well as other amazing nature pics.
Kan's site containing heaps of stunning photos from a range of subjects, including some beautiful nature shots.
Judy's site devoted to her beautiful artwork inspired by nature, including some of the insects from my own collection.
A massive collection of images of Australia from Jiri Lochman, covering everything from landscapes to wildlife, including some fascinating insect photos.
Donald Hobern's Lepidoptera Photos
Donald Hobern, the Director of Atlas of Living Australia at CSIRO Entomology, has a huge collection of moth and butterfly photos. It is a very handy visual database to assist with identifications.
A collection of wonderful photos by Steve Dew, displaying Australian insects and other native wildlife.
Erica Siegel's site dedicated to native Australian wildlife, including many insect images.
Tom and Damo at Flaming Yeti. The work you have put in creating this site has been incredible. I owe you big-time, lads.
Dr Ron Atkinson, formerly of the University of Southern Queensland. Without your help, most of my spiders would remain nameless wonders.
Don Herbison-Evans, Mcleay University, Sydney, NSW. You have been a great help in identifying many of my moths and caterpillars. My sincerest thanks.
Also on the subject of moths, thanks to Doug and Axel from Melbourne University and Peter Marriott from Museum Victoria for their assistance in adding a few names to a few previously nameless photos.
And a note of thanks to Donald Hobern from CSIRO Entomology for his help with identifying my Plume Moths (Pterophoridae), not to mention the other moths I have identified thanks to his large collection of photos on flickr.
Trevor Hawkeswood, biologist and author, for assisting with the identification of many of my insects. The fact that you have even taken the time to write a publication based on some of my observations is quite gratifying. Thank you.
Chen Young, from the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. Thank you so much for your help with many of the mysterious flies. Without your kind assistance, I would have had no idea.
A big thank you to my family and friends for their continued encouragement and support. I hope I haven't bored you all with my countless photos. I love you all, especially Brianna, my little angel and my greatest inspiration.