Hi. Where I go fossil hunting the rocks are mainly sandstone. I've always wanted to find an insect fossil, but there is very few harder rocks, and I have split all of the harder rocks which I can find.
Can insect fossils be found in Sandstone or can't they be found because it is made up of thowsands of different pieces of sand?
Insect fossils can be found in sandstone.
Here's a tiny but significant one
And if a tiny one like that can be preserved in sandstone, it should come as no surprise that some of the much larger ones can be found in sandstones, too.
Note that that sandstone is Devonian in age - so insects had come into existence before the Carboniferous.
Since Carboniferous sandstones are not, in principle, much different (in terms of the ecosystems they represent and in terms of issues of preservation, though both cover a broad range) to other sandstones, such as the Devonian one above, there is no reason why insect fossils should not be found in Carboniferous sandstones. And they are.
I hope you find at least one!
Note: In your area, insect fossils are documented in papers such as this:
'A monograph of the fossil insects of the British coal measures' by Herbert Bolton, 1921
The full text is available here
That mentions Yorkshire four times, though not Ossett in particular.
Note: The Coal Measures (a stratigraphic term) include sandstones.
I was very lucky to hold a fossil insect wing recently, it came from Crock Hey? and I was told it was a Hollowtype? (spelling!) we live hundreds of miles away from were it was found so i know very little about it and have very little interest in it.
But I know something special when I see it and I would only touch the matrix of this one of a kind fossil.
Holotype - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holotype
I wish i had took an image of the specimen but I did not because I understood what it ment and was overwelmed at the owner actually bringing it across the country to show me.