colchicum leaves for dinner
Wed, 08 Jun 2005 22:55:09 PDT
In a message dated 6/8/05 5:14:11 AM Pacific Daylight Time, writes:

> . . . where the slugs sometimes do down the tube formed by the dead leaves 
> of colchicum and feast on the underground corm.  

Jim, et al ~

I'll do your slug story one better!  I have dug daffodil bulbs to find them 
hollowed out and one of the huge black slugs curled up inside.  The most 
remarkable are those bulbs where the slug/s have started eating from the bottom of 
the bulb.  They devour the bulb in such a way that there remains only a small 
section of the basal plate and a column of the bulb tissue supporting the 
remaining section of the bulb above, rather like a mushroom!  The first time I saw 
this, it was difficult to believe.  This is another one of those instances 
where "nothing eats daffodil bulbs, they're poisonous" mantra is spread about.  I 
doubt, however, that consuming these particular bulbs will results in 
tetraploid forms . . .   

The big slugs out here on the Left Coast are big -- and when I say big, they 
can be seven to nine inches long when moving along the ground.  They look like 
a small, slow snake.  There is one, a native, that is bright yellow and known 
as the banana slug!  It is an inhabitant of the Coastal rain forests.

Dave Karnstedt
Silverton, Oregon

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