Spring, especially in an area where the seasons are so pronounced, is a time to get into the act of reproduction while the food sources and climate support the raising offspring.
These pictures below are of Reproduction of two sorts.
The insects are male and female, requiring sperm from the male to fertilise eggs within the female.....whereas the snails are asexual (each being effectively male and female ).
This means that they supply 1/2 of the genetic material needed and both produce young (lay eggs).
The snail below is of the same species, though shows colour differences to those above.
It is redder in appearance and, if I had the time, would be interested to cross snails of both colours.
It would be interesting to see the ratio of light to dark snails, and mixed shells, through this method of reproduction.
...and if you have ever wondered what a bumble bee looks like compared to a regular bee....wonder no longer
....of course, all the regular predators are out taking advantage of the increased food sources.
...and even a little fungi.
This bracket fungi is similar to its Australian counterpart, though was very white and seemed of much denser composition. This is possibly due, in part, to differing climatic conditions from those I have observed in detail in places like Robertson Nature Reserve ( see previous posts).
I would like to wish Denis Wilson and his colleagues much success with their fungi exhibition being held at Robertson NSW Australia. Perhaps a few pics of the exhibition Denis?