Land snails - you may be surprised to know - have been present in various aspects of human culture, including legends, myths, films, books and graphic works according to documented research. From still life paintings to works of contemporary art, land snails - tiny gastropods - have been included in various artistic disciplines - for a very long time!
Actually the snail was even referred to in religion. They had, for instance, a prominent role in many works of Christian art, for example, where they were considered a symbol of - in addition to laziness or sloth - sin. This was because the snail was considered to be an animal that does not try hard to get food because it eats almost anything organic on the floor. There was also even a belief by some that snails had been born from clay.
Scarlet Endomychus or False Ladybird
Biological name: Endomychus coccineus
It is one of the ‘Handsome Fungus Beetles’ (Endomychidae)
This small to medium-sized beetle is found in most of Europe, in deciduous forests (forests where trees drop their leaves in the autumn).
Like January’s beetle of the month: The Resin Weevil, it can be found hibernating in winter, including February (hibernating means it sleeps through the cold months) and can sometimes be found resting underneath the bark on very old trees. If you find a large stack of old logs, you might be lucky enough to find some there if you live in Europe. It particularly likes stumps of birch or beech trees, but sometimes is found under ash bark too.
Do you know how to pretend to be an animal? Do you know how to imagine being other creatures?
In Yoga, as we will see in the upcoming Eenie yoga lessons, Imagining is a very useful skill! If you can pretend to be an animal, then you can do yoga. And you just might experience what it feels like to be a hero or a lion or a tree swaying in the wind! Why would we want to do that? In the coming weeks, let Eenie share with you what this is all about.
For now we will concentrate on our hand movements to overcome fear and nervous habits and be calm. If you like, you can show all your family and friends too!
Mudras are hand postures which can change how you feel inside. Following the steps, each hand posture can be held for several minutes with eyes closed sitting on the floor in a crossed leg position.
Welcome to the Learning Corner!
Eenie introduces us to some of his insect and animal friends, to different places, to the ways of the weather and to the wonderful world. Eenie also shows us how to feel happy and healthy! READ MORE >
Dr Linda Spedding creates this charming world of Eenie, the sparkly snail who enjoys wonderful adventures, sights and sounds - despite his very small stature- in a world where right values are illustrated and rhymed as memorable guides for young children.