Monday 24 June 2013

Strawberry Snail and Girdled Snail

Continuing today with the snail theme due to the wet weather. My 5 yr old daughter has a keen eye for little bugs, and today, all on her own found these two snails on a front garden in my street. Two species that we haven't found in our garden.
This is the Strawberry Snail, Trichia striolata a relatively small snail (about 10 mm wide), with a dull, finely sculptured round shell and dark body. The shell colour is variable, but this is the most common in my area. The shell has got an 'umbilicum' underneath, an open space between the shell worls. It genus name refers to the fact that the snail is hairy when young.

This is a similarly sized snail, the Girdled Snail. This angle shows the white keel that makes them easy to recognise. I have written about them before.


LeeAnn at Mrs Black's said...

I LOVE your blog! I found it today while trying to identify a white larvae found in my potted plant. It's wonderful, informative, interesting and so useful. I like bugs and beasties and will spend ages reading through it. Thank you! PS - the larvae was a baddie, vine weevil so you saved my plant roots. Minerva x

Africa Gomez said...

Thank you very much Minerva, what a wonderful comment, made my day. Welcome to BugBlog and I do hope you have more fun browsing through it. Good luck with keeping your plants away from the vine weevil!