Tuesday, July 13, 2010
I didn't know they were called Roman snails either - those large lung-breathing, hermaphroditic, edible snails. That's too much information, isn't it? I don't have these in my yard, although there were plenty of them where I used to live just a mile away. I photographed this snail and many more at a gas station in Ventura after the rain. I wasn't sure snails were bugs. I deferred to one of my favorite web references: what's that bug? I think bug, just bug, isn't really a very specific scientific term. Apparently it can refer to insects, spiders, mollusks, flu viruses, and computer problems. Small annoyances.
I've always kind of liked snails. They can play hell with a garden, but they don't move suddenly or have any sharp edges. Their shells are rather beautiful and interesting to paint