We Love The Rain

Garden Snail Cornu aspersum
Garden Snail (Cornu aspersum)

After a fair bit of rain I can expect to find these snails out and about in the daytime, where usually they feed under the safe cover of darkness.

White-lipped Snail Cepaea hortensis
White-lipped Snail (Cepaea hortensis)

They can be a pest, especially to my bedding plants and the few vegetables I grow, and my Hosta which looks like it has been riddled with bullets. Yet I still find a fascination with these creatures, and how very well evolved they are for surviving on the land, as opposed to their seafaring cousins.

By the Mesozoic Era, some 248 million years ago, some of these gastropods had adapted in such a way they left the marine environment to live in freshwater and terrestrial habitats. And here they are now, munching through my garden after the June rain has fallen.


Rear garden, Staffordshire, England. June 2017.

25 thoughts on “We Love The Rain

  1. 248 million years….wow, that is a king history these snails have.
    I shall have a chat with them when I go out today as they like munching here too.😊 .

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    1. πŸ™‚ I have already had a word with mine, but they were too busy eating to listen to what I was saying πŸ˜‰ I hope you have better luck there πŸ™‚

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      1. I am not so sure. In the end I threatened with the birds and centre of the lawn….that made them disappear for a few minutes.:)

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      1. Moose seem to have an uncanny ability to know just what day you are planning to harvest broccoli and cabbage – and make a raid the night before.

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  2. Oh my goodness! They are so adorable! I’ve seen some here, but they are rather small. My daughter could probably take a picture of them… me, not so much. You have a way with that camera!

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    1. Thank you very much, Sumyanna πŸ™‚ They can be quite tricky to photo because of getting the right focus in the right place. I had to close the f/stop down, which reduced the light so I increased the ISO, which in turn can increase the amount of noise in the image. It is all a kind of a balancing act, and I am still learning πŸ™‚

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      1. Learning… I don’t think I have even begun yet. I have not taken out the manual yet, but promised myself that I will once summer is here. Now I know what I need to do first! My camera just doesn’t do well with closeups of that nature, but most likely – it is just the operator πŸ™‚

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  3. Great shots of these epic creatures. We used have one in my sons goldfish tank that was quite a character – he/she would “climb” up a fragile water plant then sort of “leap” off a branch slowly sinking to the bottom of the tank.

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    1. Thank you, Michael πŸ™‚ You saying that, I watched this one slide to the end of the leaf and then push itself over, balancing carefully whilst stretching to find the next leaf. Quite something.

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