Nature Profiles

Other Australian Insects & Arachnids

Australia has a very diverse insect fauna, and much of it remains undescribed.

Dragonflies of South Australia

Being a dry state, dragonflies are much less varied and abundant in South Australia than the wetter eastern states. Even so, there are as about as many dragonfly species in South Australia as there are in Britain, so I didn't complain!

Miscellaneous Insects

This section contains all the insects that aren't butterflies or moths (apart from the mystery caterpillars at the end of the section)!


Australia has a bad reputation for nasty arachnids, and with good reason in some cases. Some of it is exaggeration though - the 'deadly' redback is in reality a shy, timid spider. Unlike their spider cousins, Australia has no deadly scorpion species.