Riding The Storm


White-lipped Snail (Cepaea hortensis) – Storm Francis is battering us here in the UK, and after the rain had stopped and with the sun coming out briefly, I popped outside and came across this little one on the side of my planter. Not everyones favourite, I know, but they have a beauty of their very own in colour and form. You do have to zoom in to see what I mean. I believe this one was eating algae or lichen.

White-lipped Snail Cepaea hortensis

15 thoughts on “Riding The Storm

  1. Although I know very little about them, I am fascinated by the variety of snails there are. You have highlighted the beauty of this one – and showed how useful they can be.

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  2. Yikes! Your wind speeds hit hurricane force. I hope it’s well gone now. I’m growing quite fond of your snails; this is a fine portrait.

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    1. Thankfully the storm has passed us, but temperatures dropping more. Strange weather, kind of like autumnal. I hope all is well with you there. Thank you πŸ™‚

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  3. There is something appealing about the color and shape of this snail’s shell, and quite an intricate design in the swirls. Scary stuff on your big storm, Peter, glad it has passed you by.

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    1. Thank you, Ellen πŸ™‚ Not many folk like slugs or snails, but they can be so delicate and fine in their design, adorned with some pretty colours and designs.

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  4. Stunning colour.
    We have Roman snails in the less damaged parts of my local area, which are always exciting to see. I have to say that my snail ID skills could be better; I know the Roman, banded, and round-mouth snail and that’s about it, although I think 23 species were recorded on one of my local SSSIs.

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    1. I have never seen a Roman Snail, and I should imagine they are real beauties! Talking of keys, I have keys for terrestrial snails and for slugs, which are quite useful, but I am not all that good except for the more familiar of the bunch.

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