Arnold, I'm glad you posted that photo. The local slugs eat colchicum leaves here, too. If I absentmindedly leave a colchicum corm on the ground, they soon find it and gouge holes in it. So much for the often-repeated (and copied into books) notion that nothing eats colchicums. Whenever I see an especially husky gigantic slug I can't help but wonder if its parents had been eating colchicum and had produced tetraploid progeny. Jim McKenney firstname.lastname@example.org Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA, where the slugs sometimes do down the tube formed by the dead leaves of colchicum and feast on the underground corm.