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Camouflage

hywel

By hywel

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I remember when I did my A levels in school, learning about a snail called Cepaea nemoralis.
Apparently there are more green/yellow shelled ones in the spring because they are camouflaged.
In the autumn you get more brown shelled ones because the green ones get eaten. They’re not camouflaged any more.

I found this green/yellow shelled Cepaea on a rose a few days ago. It didn’t stand out very well from a distance, so I think it will be safe from predators for a while.

Here are some closer views :-

It had such a nice coloured shell I decided to leave it alone, even though it might eat some of my plants :o)

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Great pics but they wouldnt last long in my garden - big boot comes down!!!

28 Apr, 2010

 

Usually here too lol.

28 Apr, 2010

 

unless they are a real nusiance I leave them in the garden and am rewarded by having a lovely thrush in the garden But .... in the greenhouse... eating my petunias...... I reach straight for the slug pellets !!

28 Apr, 2010

 

chuck mine in the green bin shut the lid and hope they dont get out. lol... Nice photos hywell, I have noticed some of my plants with bits missing out of their leaves, am keeping an eye out if seen... will have to go lol

28 Apr, 2010

 

If you are collecting them can we have an address ? ! :o)) ha ha
Great photos. I have seen brown and cream ones are these unusual?

28 Apr, 2010

 

I had to get the slug pellets out this morning when I lifted a clay pot of the ground it had settled into over the winter!. YUCKY! Mine don't have shells, but your's looks like a piece of jewelry!

28 Apr, 2010

 

nice pics Hywel...... i keep finding empty snail shells that the birds have eaten....

28 Apr, 2010

 

I too have been finding "pretty" snails and they ate half a tray of french marigolds! !
Can't bring myself to put the boot in so they go into a bag then in the bin!
Good pictures tho' Hywell.

28 Apr, 2010

 

Great pics Hywel. Does every insect/animal etc make it's way into your garden?...lol

28 Apr, 2010

 

You may or may not be interested to know that when I was at malham last October we did a snail count of these 'banded snails'. There are some that look like old fashioned humbugs too, depending on if they live in long grass, hedgerows etc. They are stunning creatures even though they are snails.
We did finger tip searches up a steep limestone face and then a mile away in sheep pasture.
And it is still in the current A-level syllabuses Hywel so some things dont change. I also studied them in the 70's.

28 Apr, 2010

 

Strange a blog on snails should come up today - if only I'd seen it before going down to the allotment this morning - I saw many snails there with bands of colour on their shells.I would have taken a couple of photos.

I was interested enough to notice that they are different from those I find on my balcony. The ones I normally see have brown shells. I never kill them, just throw them over the railings into the grass outside & let them get on with it! On the odd occasion I've stayed to watch them. I've seen one or two trying to make their way back but I don't think they made it. The birds probably find them. I've never actually seen a bird pick one up so I don't know if they survive & eventually find their way back to the balcony.

28 Apr, 2010

 

I've never seen one that light Hywel,must be very well camouflaged ;))
Balcony,you'll have to paint a little cross on their shell and see if they make it back to you. Maybe not - you might become fond of them lol !!

28 Apr, 2010

 

LOL! Aster. Not very likely I'll become fond of them though!

28 Apr, 2010

 

I have a love/hate relationship with snails.Some of the ones you find in the countryside or the coast are quite beautiful, but city snails, no way!. Lovely pictures Hywel.

28 Apr, 2010

 

Our thrushes eat the snails in our garden...find empty shells all the time.This one has a beautiful shell Hywel...think we have had them but as I said they dont last long...and its great to see the thrushes around !

28 Apr, 2010

 

That was really interesting Hywel. I rarely see any snails at all in my garden so know nothing about them at all. I get slimy slugs instead. :o(

28 Apr, 2010

 

ive never seen one before hywel only in pics, just common ones here, lovely pics to ;o))

28 Apr, 2010

 

And the lovely Blodwyn sitting in the background!

28 Apr, 2010

 

Thank you all for reading my blog. I usually put snails on the garage roof and birds take them.
Dylandog - Blodyn always seems to get into my photos lol

29 Apr, 2010

 

Thanks Hywel i've only seen the normal snails here.

29 Apr, 2010

 

Great blog Hywel~like so many here,am not a fan,but hate to destroy too,what a dilemma!!
Great picts too by the way! hahaha :~))

29 Apr, 2010

 

very colouful snail Hywel - but its still a snail !!!!!

29 Apr, 2010

 

Will the thrush still eat them if you crush them. Any I find get a short free flight first class into the trees in next doors unkept bit............ Not seen any like yours though.

30 Apr, 2010

 

That made me chuckle Homebird, we wonder how they get up walls and fences :)) Next time I see one higher than me I'll look skyward-ready to duck :)))))

30 Apr, 2010

 

Homeb, i didnt' like to confess but that is exactly what I do with mine only they go business class :o)))

30 Apr, 2010

 

I do sometimes throw them over the fence but have to admit mostly I stamp on them, I have just realised that there are always a lot of pale ones hiding amongst the stones around the raised bed but I always thought it meant they were the young ones, I don`t think I`ve seen any with those markings Hywel...

1 May, 2010

 

Some lovely close ups there Hywel lol who is the chap on the roof looking on 2nd picture down. They have some wonderful markings some, I have found quite a few, I normally throw them to the black birds or thrushes to eat.

5 May, 2010

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