Time flies when you are procrastinating. I mentioned in this post back in December of last year that I was working on the material collected during a land snail survey we had done in Turkey early in the summer of 2004. I am still not finished, because after December I took a long break and worked on other stuff. I am now back at it and I intend to finish sorting all the specimens by the end of the year.
Imagine my pleasant surprise today when a bag of shells I picked randomly had the date of 4 July 2004. It seems like it was only, well, 5 years ago.
D51 was a pretty rich station with about 22 species. In the picture you can see a couple of long and narrow Bulgarica shells near the center and a couple of white Albinaria puella to the right. The tall white shells near the top are Zebrina cosensis, while the large, flat ones are Oxychilus samius. The tubes are holding the smaller shells.
One interesting non-snail specimen that was in the bag was this insect larva.
It appears to be a drilid larva (becaue it is hairy). The larvae of the beetles in the family Drilidae are predators of land snails. Surprisingly, I don't seem to have written about drilids before. But there is a summary of a paper I once wrote about them on this page. It was one of the first 2 papers I wrote on snails. One of these days I am going to scan it and turn it into pdf.