Cernuella virgata

Posted by Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 25 April 2012 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Cernuella virgata (NL: Bolle duinslak / EN: vineyard snail / DE: Sandheideschnecke / FR: Caragouille globuleuse) is a species of small, air-breathing land snail, a pulmonate gastropod mollusk in the family Hygromiidae, the hairy snails and their allies. The coloration of the shell is quite variable, but there is often a creamy-white background, with a variable number of pale to darker brown markings. Some shells are banded at the periphery and on the underside. This species aestivates after climbing to the top of vegetation. This one is making the dangerous climb between the spines of Opuntia ficus-indica (more info on that species tomorrow).

Image: Siraccusa (IT-SI) - 03/04/2012

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Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Mooie details in deze foto.

25 Apr 2012 9:11am

christine from oelegem, Belgium

Het contrast tussen stekels en zachtheid is bijna voelbaar, prachtige macro.

25 Apr 2012 12:48pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & so beautiful!!!!

26 Apr 2012 7:34pm

Canon EOS 400D
1/400 second
ISO 200
150 mm