Slugs - Ughh!

Elizabeth Leigh
Thu, 09 Jun 2005 18:02:01 PDT
Has anyone tried the cannibalistic snails that can be mail-ordered?
I would like to order them, but would like to find someone who has tried them first.
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Date: Thu, 9 Jun 2005 01:55:09 EDT
Subject: Re: [pbs] colchicum leaves for dinner
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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 
> 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 
hollowed out and one of the huge black slugs curled up inside.  The 
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 
section of the basal plate and a column of the bulb tissue supporting 
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 
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, 
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 
as the banana slug!  It is an inhabitant of the Coastal rain forests.

Dave Karnstedt
Silverton, Oregon

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