Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Norway is at war...

And the aggressor is this little slug called the Spanish slug (or in Norwegian - brunsnegl). According to Wikipedia:

The Spanish slug, more commonly known in English-speaking countries under its Latin name, Arion lusitanicus, is a species of air-breathing land slug, a terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusk in the family Arionidae, the roundback slugs.

This is a highly invasive slug species. It is often considered a pest, not only in areas where it has been accidentally introduced, but even in places where it is indigenous.

I found the specimen depicted here yesterday in a garden in the neighbourhood. During the later years it has been a popular pastime among the garden owners in Norway to chase these slugs, as they apparently eat many varieties of flowers and bushes. There also seem to be a contest among the gardeners about who can kill the most. "Today I took 345" you can hear from one. "That is nothing - I caught 467" says his neighbour satisfied. It reminds me of both P.G. Wodehouse and Monty Python; at the same time.

I am safe - they don't eat moss.

16 comments:

Wenche said...

Er glad eg ikkje er hageeigar når eg ser denne karen:-)
Fint bilde var det sjølv om eg ikkje er så veldig glad i motivet:)

imac said...

Uck, glad they dont eat visitors.lol.

Tis well captured tho.

nonizamboni said...

Oh no!
Your post reminded me of picking wood ticks off our dogs and counting them as we dropped them in alcohol. [ewww]
And I'm reminded that it is time to read another installment of Jeeves & Wooster.
Happy Wednesday!

Ida said...

JA! Jeg kriger!
Har gjort det de siste årene.
Dette er dessverre en kjent gjest i hagen her....!
Jeg begynner krigføringen på denne tiden hvert år.
Da blander jeg meg ei flaske med salmiakkvann og tar en runde i hagen i skumringen, eller tidlig om morgenen.
En dusj, så må dette ekle, sleipe og glupske dyret takke for seg!
Men, de rekker å spise opp en del likevel. De gjemmer seg godt, dessverre....!
Jeg gir ikke opp!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

That's scary! I didn't think anything bothered daffodils because they are poisonous.

I have slugs (much smaller) in my shady gardens and they are PESTS! They eat my hosta leaves, making them look like ugly lace.

Svein said...

Okei. Ikke et populært tidsfordriv her i gården.... Men plukkes må de - overalt. For sikkerhetskyld har jeg nå gruset halve hagen om til parkeringsplass. Det burde gi noe slik som 1000 færre brunsnegl??

PERBS said...

Yuck! I hate those creatures. . . good thing there was a beautiful yellow flower in the photo with it. Hope you gave it its last breath and now have a gorgeous yellow flower alone.

Anne-Berit said...

Usj,er de i gang igjen allerede de der.Heldigvis har vi ikke fått dem ennå her nord,men det er vel bare et tidsspørsmål før de er her også.Vår sønn bor i Tønsberg,og der er det fullt av dem,skikkelig ekle skapninger.

Jeni said...

Yuck! I have a strong dislike of things like slugs and I'd probably be one of those in a contest to kill 'em all if they were in high numbers here.

Lew said...

Ugly, voracious pests! We have a different type that likes hosta and lilies. We have found a product called Escar-Go that keeps the number of them down.

ArneA said...

Ærsj. dobbel ærsj
Tullen grøsser. Det er hun som luker på hytta

Malyss said...

In France, we don't say "yuke", but "berk"!
Did someone discover how they arrived in Norway?It's always dificult to fight against this kind of problem.
Here, we have a new beast that's eating our palm trees and we don't know how to fight them!

Randi said...

Usj... men flotte bilder!
Disse er vi så heldig å slippe akkurat i vår hage...eller..jeg skal vel aldri si aldri. Vi bor rett ved ett gartneri og de er selvsagt livredde for å få disse i avlingene sine. Så foreløpig har vi holdt stand :-))

ChrisJ said...

UGH! We used to hunt these down and sprinkle salt on then, when we were children. My father also had us picking caterpillars off the cabbages. He would give us a penny for each one.

Tammie Lee said...

These are great slug/flower images. Poor little flower being eaten alive. ;-)

Barbara Martin said...

Are there birds or frogs in Norway that like to eat slugs, RuneE? I feel for the poor flower.