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The 18th of February this year was a surprisingly warm day. It felt like spring and it looked like winter.


Early in the afternoon, I drove about forty kilometers to the woods and meadows in the area around the small town called Svetvinchenat, and I spent an hour photographing insects, spiders, and fallen leaves along the edge of a small oak grove. In this opening shot, you can see a moth larva. The name of the species is Amata phegea. Amata phegea is a diurnal moth from the Erebidae family. The larvae feed mostly on mosses, lichens, old rotting plant parts, algae, and soft parts of fresh green plants.

In this wide shot, you can take a look at the carpet made of fallen leaves on which the hairy Amata phegea caterpillar was found.


Some spiders were also active on that winter afternoon.


This is definitively a spider from the genus Pardosa in the Lycosidae family, but I can't tell you the name of the species. I saw many spiders of this species, but I photographed only one because they weren't easy to catch. The spiders were mostly running around, and they were running very fast from shelter to shelter, appearing on the foliage for a second or two and then disappearing underneath it in a blink of an eye.

The branches of some trees were still abundantly covered with brown leaves.

You can see one such tree here. The trunk, enveloped in ivy, was green while the branches had an autumnal color. A lovely, stylish combination.


In this photograph, the focus is on only two of the many fallen leaves down on the ground.

Here you can see a planthopper nymph resting on the edge of the leaf. Issus coleoptratus is the name of the species.

On another leaf, I found a small protuberance. It looks like one of the galls, created through the activity of some small wasps from the Cynipidae family.

Here you can see the same thing photographed in natural light. Getting a macro shot like this with the flash is easier, but more often than not, things look better in ambient light. In the following photograph ...

... you can see another spider. The Pisaura mirabilis from the Pisauridae family.


This one was calmly resting on the fallen leaves, which made getting these shots very easy.


Here you can see the pattern formed by the fallen leaves of the oak trees mixed with the green leaves of ivy and fresh new oaks, recently developed from the acorns.

Here you can see the small leaf of a climbing plant or shrub ...

... that has fallen on the much bigger oak leaf, creating a very photogenic autumnal arrangement. I mean. I know that this is a winter post, but scenes like this one, have a strong autumnal atmosphere.


Here you can see a bunch of tiny galls, another product of the Cynipidae activities.

This Amata phegea caterpillar ...

... was chewing the damaged edge of a small green leaf on one of the many oak saplings scattered on the terrain along the edge of the grove.

Here you can take a look at the trees under which the caterpillar was photographed.

Here I came even closer to the winter feeding action. in the following shot ...

... the scene was photographed in natural light.

About a hundred meters further ...

... I found a shield bug among the fallen leaves.


This is the Peribalus strictus, a bug from the large and varied Pentatomidae family.


I also found a flower in that area.

The Crocus reticulatus.

Soon I found another flower. This one was more open ...

... so now, you can take a good, up-close look at some details surrounded by petals.


And that's it. I have nothing else to show today.

The following links will take you to the sites with more information about some of the protagonists of this post. I found some stuff about them there.




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moth larvae are so plushy and cute

True. 😆 Insect equivalent of a teddy bear.

An hour well spend with all these little bugs and leaves. I wonder what that furry little fellow will metamorphosise into?

The climate is a bit strange everywhere it seems!... Here we are in the middle of the dry season and yet we have already had two continuous days with rain!... But the good thing about this is that, in your case, we You have given away an enchanting post with that very particular vision that you have of nature and how it appears... Thanks for sharing @borjan friend!!!..


Yes, at least the climate changes work well for the macro photography here where I live. 😀 Insects and spiders can be found almost whole year round.

Wow, people rarely take the time to even try and notice all the little things called life around us, such a shame actually ey.

Some beautiful photos, yeah even those ugly spiders😂😂cant leave them im the shad


You have good lenses that can take great macro shots!!! and of course the talent)
I love your content!
And this creation is just amazing.

it reminds me of angler fish

Pretty cool!

Hi @borjan , The flower breaks the post in a good way , let me explain , the leaves , the weather , the insects and others , then the flower appears with that striking violet color that gives the post that attractive touch .
I wish you a happy weekend

You are a good photographer. Many times I Tried to capture fallen leaves but never got a perfect shot. Your's are so good .

Thanks. 🙂 Glad you like these winter shots.

Hairy caterpillar which is quite terrible in appearance, Mr. @borjan.


That combination of winter and autumn colors are really nice, as i always say to you, your eeye for the details is incredible!

you find a very interesting object to be photographed, many people do not realize where in an object like this tucked in interesting things

That Amata phegea caterpillar,I usually call it a leech,now I know it's a caterpillar,woah.
Amazing photographs:)

It's easy for you to spot the insects in dry leaves.

Amazing shots!!!

That Caterpillar (top photo) looks kinda cute and cuddly , but probably NOT ! 😆

Awesome macro photos as always !LOL !PIMP

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Fallen leaves teaches us so many lessons of life it is nature how a new leaf grow and in final it falls from the bunch when it get older as human stages. As Willam wards worth the Poet said that nature is like mother it teaches it protects it cares.

Photography of animals in the forest is very beautiful, but what I know is that animals come from bushes with dry tree leaves. Besides that, there are caterpillars that live there waiting for new wood leaves to emerge so that they can become their food. thanks for sharing with us🙂


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