The flotillas

Jean-Henri FabreThe Passionate Observer, ill. Marlene McLoughlin, San Francisco, Chronicle Books, 1998, p. 119.

What animation in that verdant world ! On the warm mud of the edges, the Frog’s little Tadpole basks and frisks in its black legions ; down in the water, the orange-bellied Newt steers his way slowly with the broad rudder of his flat tail ; among the reeds are stationed the flotillas of Caddis-worms half-protruding from their tubes, which are now a tiny bit of stick and again a turret of little shells.