A damaged knee has somewhat restricted my visits to the river, but it has presented a chance to look at things closer to home.
Although the nemesis of gardeners I find slugs and snails fascinating and can spend ages just watching them. A fact born by the 60 or so photos I took on Sunday, including this monstrous 12cm black slug. Black slugs can be black, white, red or in this case, orange:
An interesting article on slugs and slug control is from the Cardiff School of Biosciences http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/biosi/staffinfo/wocs2.html
A garden snail was also out
It's the way the eye stalks and tentacles elongate and retract themselves that fascinate me, they are just so different to anything else in the animal kingdom
Another garden pest is the caterpillar, the experts on the Wild about Britain forum have suggested it could be a noctuid moth caterpillar - the Natural History Museum website, lists 446 members of the family:
Although late in the year, it may pupate for winter and hatch in spring next year.
And a nest of red ants wrecking havoc on the front lawn: