Autumn is that rich time of year when the garden provides its final flourish of colour before the weather starts to turn colder. It’s at this time of the year that Autumn insects seem to be almost everywhere.
The larvae or leatherjackets of the Daddy Long-legs or Crane Fly, as they care commonly known, spend the Summer munching on plant roots and buried under the lawn having a feast. The adult emerges in August to lay their eggs through to October when the wet weather tends to kill them off.
Wasps are very much under-rated insects; perceived as being thuggish and often angry they are excellent predators of flies and great at removing dead insects from the garden. Their persistence can be annoying and when swatted they do get angry but then wouldn’t you? The best way to photograph them is to put out some fermenting rotting fruit and they will come to you, and they’ll die punch drunk and happy.
Snails seem to appear again once Autumn comes around and are more than happy to chomp on my dahlia’s. Although a garden pest they are great for practising and honing your photography skills as they can be slow moving.
Caterpillars in the Autumn tend to big, fat and juicy and at their peak as they prepare to go into hibernation for the winter. Some of them are entertaining little characters too, like the Pale Tussock Moth caterpillar shown in the image.
Moths seem to be at their most plentiful too in the late Summer / early Autumn but may just be because the nights are closing in and they drawn by the light and start to taking refuge in our homes. Moths are great pollinators and also make a tasty meal for hungry birds and bats.