On a foggy day in Wakefield I headed to Seckar Woods in search of nature shots. There was plenty of wildlife on show and I registered some interesting finds.
Seckar Woods is a maze of paths that weave through woodland as well as heathland. We're now into November so you have to look hard to find subjects for macro photography. As I slowly made my way round the circular route I looked on trees and in lower vegetation and you'd be amazed what can be found
The first thing I spotted was this amazing caterpillar making it's way up a tree. With distinctive bright markings and 'humps' on it's back I identified this as an Iron Prominent (Notodonta dromedarius) moth larva.
I spotted a few moths roosting on branches of trees. They are well camouflaged and make great subjects.
You can always find flies but I love looking out for interesting compositions that create an original image. This example was on a beautifully coloured autumnal plant.
Flies come in all shapes and sizes and look spectacular when you capture them up close.
Even the smallest of flies can make an interesting image. Here, the light catching the flies wings adds interest and the decaying autumnal leaves capture a feel of the day.
I found plenty of shield bugs, usually hiding under leaves but some were quite active and allowed me to capture from various angles.
The moist air revealed a huge number of spider webs glistening in the light and on close inspection I found plenty of spiders.
The colours in the park at this time of year make for some gorgeous shots.
When you look closely at leaves there are often tiny creatures in plain sight. These aphids have fantastic colours but were extremely small.
I'm not sure what this tiny, tiny bug is but I was happy to get a decent close up shot of it!
I believe this is a Fungus Gnat (Bolitophila cinerea). It was a friendly little fly and seemed perfectly content posing as I captured it from a few angles.
Again, I love the colours and the details in the leaves and the Gnat itself.
This intersting looking larvae (I think that's what it is) was transparent allowing us to peer at it's internal organs.
I've seen a lot of Alder Leaf Beetles this year and have plenty of images but I liked this particular capture.
Alder Leaf Beetle
As I was making my way out of the park I spotted an Ichneumon Wasp in amongst some greener foliage.
The Ichneumon Wasp is a paresetic wasp that injects it's eggs into a host body. Lovely.
Another that I'm not 100% sure what it is. If anyone knows please let me know on either Twitter or leave a comment.
Winter is almost upon us and if you're out looking for bugs and insects you might think there's not much left to photograph. Take a closer look though and you'd be surprised what you can find...