nighttime visitor

Even this creature wouldn’t stand still for a photograph. It was making pretty good time on the flagstone.

Both slugs and snails are rare visitors to the garden here. I understand that the snails are hitchhiking on nursery stock. I just let them go about their business because no doubt they find the conditions here inhospitable in the extreme.

This is Helix aspera, the common garden snail; I’ve included a picture comparing a shell with that of the Roman snail, Helix pomatia. Suddenly I’m thinking of escargot en brioche at Le Central …. The Roman snail-shell came from a friend in England, where the snails are protected; they were introduced by the Romans for the best of reasons.

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