01 December 2008

Flattened fauna of sidewalks - Part 4

A flattened invertebrate on a sidewalk is a rare item at this time of the year. So I am resorting to pictures from September and October. Once again, not everything featured here was necessarily flat as a pancake, but they were all quite dead on a sidewalk somewhere.

First, here is a dragonfly. And I wasn't even close to a body of water. How about that, folks?


The next luckless invertebrate is a cricket. An Acheta species, perhaps?


But here is a really sad sight from Istanbul, photographed last October: a squished Cantareus aspersus (the good old Helix aspersa). The poor thing was out looking for something to eat following an afternoon rain when a careless Homo sapiens stepped on it crushing its shell right against the mantle—that light colored strip of tissue, one of the defining traits of the phylum Mollusca. Sometimes these snails (and slugs) are so abundant that it's difficult to avoid them. I admit I've flattened inadvertently one or two under my shoes.


To finish this episode, we go from the gastropodical to the gastronomical with a rolled out specimen of the rare Pasta sauce. If it hadn't been for its blood-red innards splattered all over the sidewalk, it would certainly have been difficult to identify this one.


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jpremenopaws said...

This has been the best photographic series I've seen in a long time. I may have to do my own version when the snow melts off the sidewalks here next spring.

jaimie said...

i've noticed dragonflies before too in cities away from any bodies of water. however, a long time ago i was watching a show on (i think) the discovery channel and it mentioned how dragonflies in search of new ponds etc. are attracted by the reflection of the water (or sun on the water) and many get confused when they see the reflections of the sun off of cars and such. i suspect this may be true also because i've seen a few dragonflies before buzzing around the hoods of parked cars before zipping away.

George said...

also, some dragonfly species migrate:

this blog page mentions a study of dragonflies migrating right near Chateau Örstan