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Otto Marseus van Schrieck is well-known for his forest still lifes. This one, entitled “Planten en insecten” [Plants and insects], is now in the Mauritshuis, The Hague, and was made in 1665 [1].


While all the attention goed to the butterfiles and the snake-like creatures, a little creature at right seems trying to hide. The snail is yellowish with a dark brown spiral band at the periphery and a similar coloured, small axial band behind the apertural lip. It is likely a Cepaea nemoralis (Linnaeus, 1758).


It may be noted that this species generally occurs in gardens and quite open landscape, not in forests.

[1] MHH, inv. 532. http://bit.ly/10U8b6f.