Thursday, 5 June 2008
Life Photo Meme - Honour an Invertebrate!
Dorid has nominated this week Honour an Invertebrate in her Life Photo Meme.
I am thrilled about this as it gives me the chance to post one of my favourite photos - of a Great Black Slug delicately nibbling a mushroom:
I took this picture a few years ago. I saw from the window this black creature getting stuck into a mushroom and rushed out with my camera, thinking it must be a vole or a shrew. I didn't know at that point either that slugs could be so big (and handsome!) or that they eat fungi. In fact, if you see holes in a toadstool in the garden or out on a walk, it is most likely that it was a slug that did the eating, and not a little furry mouse.
After watching this guy for ages, slugs became a favourite of mine. This one in particular is so beautifully marked. It reminds me of Durer's Rhinoceros, with its armour plating effect - see the pic full size to see the detail.