In the bags around my sausage vine, besides a humongous slug, I found a nice assortment of tiny creepy-crawlies.
|A striped springtail, Orchesella cincta. Most of these were impossible to catch, and went into the compost with the bag. This guy was lucky.|
|A quick red mite.|
|There were quite a few of these long snails, about the size of a short grain of rice. (Update: Columella edentula)|
|Spiderling with a yellow belly.|
As I demolished the bags, I brushed off all the little ones I could into a pill bottle. Before I took them outside and set them free, on a whim, I pointed the camera straight down into the bottle. I liked the result:
|8 or 9 snails, several different springtails, a couple of spiders, and a handful of sowbugs. The mite is in there somewhere, too.|
And then they all went out into the warm spring night to find a new home.