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Is that a Snail I see?

Posted by Darren on May 6, 2010

Ok, I know it’s a blog primarily devoted to the photography of insects, but I have left a place for other organisms including the common garden snail (Cantareus aspersus).  As they mostly come out in the cool of the night, I generally never bother to search for snails in the day.  Should you encounter one by chance, they will generally retreat to the shell quite quickly.  I love watching how they turn their eyes inside out as they shrink their bodies into the safety of their shell.
I was lucky on this particular rainy day to encounter several making the most of cool and moist conditions.  I love the details of the soft body and particularly the patterns on the shell. For such a poorly regarded organism in the garden, they certainly posses some interesting architecture up close.  A great organism to photograph as they assume the most amazing positions while traversing the landscape.  It’s also a bonus for the photographer that they can’t make a quick getaway!  I’ll certainly be looking for more snail shots in the future.


4 Responses to “Is that a Snail I see?”

  1. Gorgeous shots! Particularly the one of the snail on the leaf…

  2. Agreed. That second shot is particularly stunning.

  3. Darren said

    Hi Miguel and Ted. Thanks for the comments. Sometimes it’s the shots you don’t plan that seem to turn out the best.

  4. snailaday said

    Snails are under-appreciated creatures. Gorgeous shots!

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