Small insects and big catfish in the garden

Common door snail

Today, first along the railroad.

Blackberries, and common blue and meadow brown butterflies still there.

Then, the botanical gardens.

A biologist explains on, mainly small, animals, there.

First, many small snails: common door snail. They eat lichen, so they don’t harm flowers.

There are also sowbugs, isopods, with some new-born young. They lay their eggs in fluid similar to sea water: they are crustaceans, whose ancestors lived in the sea.

Then, a bigger snail species: brown garden snail.

And a centipede: Lithobius forficatus, garden centipede. It eats isopods, worms, etc. Later, another, bigger, centipede species.

Under stones, a small black ant nest. Winged males and many pupae among them.

We see a smooth newt: there are hundreds of them in the botanical gardens. Also many young toads, just one centimetre in size, jumping.

In the chestnut trees live many horse-chestnut leaf-miners; small moths.

Then we go to the hothouses.

Ten tropical ant species live there, which came along with tropical plants; as did jumping spiders.

In the Victoria amazonica hothouse waters live many small tropical fish. And also a metre long South American catfish.

African cichlids also used to live there. However, they had to be taken away, as they ate the Victoria amazonica plants.

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