So of course out I went armed with a torch and camera, in the drizzle. A more serious photographer would have sensibly taken a tripod but I really wasn't in the mood, nor am I either serious or sensible late in the evening, just ready to put my feet up in front of the telly! I know I'd planned to go looking for them this week, just not during a thunderstorm! There were three of them all in that area and a walk around afterwards revealed one more. They seemed to like the rough grass mixed with ivy, nettles and goodness knows what around the old septic tank. Needless to say my photos are all handheld, despite some very slow shutter speeds, but I'm not trying to win any photo competition and I think they are reasonable enough that you'll get the picture!
|Mrs Glow-worm (Lampyris noctiluca) glowing. I'd forgotten just how bright they glow!|
|Yes I know it's blurry but this was with just a little bit of torchlight.|
|Using flash, you can see her helmet like the male, |
yet the rest of her is very similar to the nymph.
|And I hadn't realised it was the inside of the lower abdomen that did the glowing.|
|Loved how she was just hanging off a blade of grass.|
|There's a little buggy imitating her.... not sure what it is, |
maybe a moth as close up it doesn't look fly like.
As for the snails, all the time we were walking around I couldn't believe how many large snails were out in the damp - we had to shine our torches in front of us because they were everywhere, all over the gravel and the grass and then I noticed them all up the wall beside the potting shed door. I've never seen anything like it in our 10 years here - we have never had a slug or snail probem because we have very sandy soil.... but this year they seem to be living in my veg patch even when the weather is hot and dry.... and now I know they are living absolutely everywhere else! God knows how this happened but I hope they bugger off soon!
|Ewwww! Surely that sandy lime mortar wouldn't feel nice to slither over!|
|Bleagh! Well, actually, it's less bleagh than a slug. But they still eat my seedlings.|
Oh OK, they are not bad, but it's bleagh when you tread on one by mistake. Crunch!
Finally as a tribute to Snowy, here's a picture I took of her back in late winter when I needed some subjects to practice on during a photography course I took.
My previous post shows the male Glow-worms and larvae in case you missed it. Just scroll back or click the 'Older Posts' button.