Stunning local wildlife caught on camera

Four Spotted Chaser

Over the summer months some rare wildlife has been photographed across our woodland in West Yorkshire.

Taken by our resident nature photographer Chris Bower, these close up shots show various insects; some hard at work and some simply basking in the summer sunshine.

Migrant Hawker Dragonfly

The Migrant Hawker can be found away from water but for breeding it prefers still or slow-flowing water. The flight period is from July to the end of October.

Migrant Hawker


Four-spotted Chaser

Another dragonfly, the Four-spotted Chaser is common across Britain in June and July. The brown colour and the four spots on the wings make them unmistakable.

Four Spotted Chaser


White-Letter Hairstreak Butterfly

The White-Letter Hairstreak is a small dark butterfly that spends the majority of its life in the treetops, feeding on honeydew.

White Letter Hairstreak


Painted Lady Butterfly

This is a migrant species to our shores. It originates from North Africa and can be found across Britain.

Painted Lady


Leaf Cutter Bee

Leaf-cutter Bees nest in holes in plant stems, dead wood, cliffs or old walls. They cut discs out of leaves and glue them together with saliva in order to build the ‘cells’ in which their larvae live.

Leaf Cutter Bee


Broad-bodied Chaser Dragonfly

The broad-bodied chaser is a common dragonfly of ponds and small lakes from the end of May to August. It regularly returns to the same perch after swift flights out across the water looking for insects.

Broad-bodied Chaser

Posted by Earnshaws on 31-Aug-2014