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History of the Butterfly, Part 38: A Malacological Smackdown

In August, 1850, the Reverend Samuel Parker brought a paper to the American Association for the Advancement of Science Meeting.  The paper purported to describe a terrestrial snail species that was new to science. The result was sort of a … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, Part 31: Snails in the Civil War

The story cannot escape from its time, which was the middle of the Civil War.  The characters in Rambles after Land Shells go to see soldiers off to war:  “Four o’clock came, and with it a great cloud of dust … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, Part 30: Ramble on

From Rambles after Land Shells, by Helen F. Parker Page 11: This snail is now known as Vallonia pulchella. Page 39: The Neohelix alleni was once considered a subspecies of Polygyra albolabris, a.k.a. Helix albolabris. This snail is now known … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, Part 29: Helen Rambles

  Rambles After Land Shells is a very unusual book.  First notice the publisher—The American Tract Society.  That publisher primarily publishes religious books, and has for most of its history. The time frame is notable as well.  The book was … Continue reading

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A snail

A number of upland pillsnails, Euchemotrema fraternum, can be found by looking under logs, pieces of bark, and old wood around our lawn.      

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Ants and snails

While splitting logs the other day I happened to split one that had a branch and a hollow part in it.  It broke up an ant’s nest and the ants started scurrying around carrying their eggs and larva. There were … Continue reading

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A Snail

I looked under some loose bark the other day to see what I could find.  I was looking mostly for snails and only found a couple of live ones, mixed in with a dozen or so empty shells. At this … Continue reading

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But they don’t all get eaten.

One would think that all snails would be in danger of being eaten if they venture on to the nest. Last April, after a strong rain there were at least three slugs like this one roaming about on the nest. … Continue reading

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Meal leftovers

The mounds of Formica exsectoides sometimes contain the remnants of meals.  Escargot is on the menu. To the right is Zonitoides arboreus, below and to the left is probably Gastrocopta contracta, which I removed from the mound and photographed in … Continue reading

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