Sunday Spinelessness – Sluglett

By David Winter 21/08/2011

I spend quite a lot of my time trying to convince people that very few snails or slugs are interested in eating their lettuces. But it has to be said, there are a few terrestrial gastropods that are serious pests. In New Zealand, those are all introduced species and the “grey field slug”, Deroceras reticulatum, is the one we run into most often. These slugs can destroy freshly planted vege gardens, they’re a major pest for commercial growers and they can force out native species in disturbed forests. So, they’re unquestionably bad news. But the baby one I found in the cauliflower today was quite cute: