Tuesday, September 14, 2010

I is for Invasive Iberian-Indigenous Immigrant

I wondered - Is this Individual what Is known In Wikipedia as:

The Spanish slug, scientific name Arion vulgaris, more commonly known in English-speaking countries under the incorrectly applied 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.

It Invaded Norway during the latter '90s In a large scale Immigration that Immersed us In an Iberian Infection of our gardens.

In fact, It got so bad, that Immense restrictions were Instigated to keep this Invader from coming Inside our horticultural Institutions.

Or Is It just Itself?

Today's post is an Entry in round SEVEN of ABC Wednesday, the meme initiated by Denise Nesbitt. For more, you can log on via the ABC site.

42 comments:

Lew said...

Insidious Indeed! I cannot identify it, but your images are incredible!

John said...

I'll just call it a slug. Good macro shots, especially the 1st & 2nd.

Irene said...

Å fytti ... for en ekkel skapning! All grunn til å frykte den i hagen! Men som fotoobjekt er den jo flott. Glimrende makroer du serverer her Rune!

ArneA said...

Æsj
And the killing procedure was:??????

Dagrun said...

Urgh... den var litt for nære på for meg gitt. Jeg har gått på sneglejakt hver kveld noen somrer, men nå her på Sunnmøre har vi ikke planter som interesserer så vi har jammen - bankibordet - sluppet unna.

Flotte bilder, der det siste var "best"/ verst.. alt ettersom;)

Reader Wil said...

Oh we have so many slugs and snails and they eat all the leaves of hostas. You know of course that they love beer. So once I put some jam jars filled with beer around these plants and soon they were filled with slugs( ugh) it was so messy that I hated to sacrifice more good beer to slugs. Your Spanish slug is beautiful. The photos are great macro as we are used to see from you!
Thanks for your comment! I do hope too that this ship will be used by many more (rich) people.

Berit's fotoblogg. said...

Den er ekkel, men du verden så flotte bilder du har fått til her.
Takk for hyggelige kommentarer i bloggen min, setter jeg pris på Rune:)
Ha en fin kveld.

Berit.

Mar said...

Spanish slug?? here's an emmigrant, haven't seen them in Spain ;)
Interesting pics and great macro shots for the theme.


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Jedediah said...

I like their colour and your photos show that beautifully, but I still wish that they hadn't wandered in/hadn't been introduced. Even hedhehogs won't eat those and they love slugs.

Dina said...

Yikes, how did you make that last one?! It is scary!

Petrus said...

Slugs are a big menace - they have just managed to eat our potato crop.

Carver said...

Those are amazing shots. I never would have thought of a slug as beautiful before I saw these. Very interesting post. I have had issues with invasive slugs before and could handle it in my garden but one day they got in my house and I had slug slime on my rug. My screams were probably heard all over town.

photowannabe said...

Stunning shots of the slug Rune'. The last one looks like some sort of sea monster.
Its fascinating how something so small can be such a problem to the vegatation.

Gerald (Hyde DP) said...

I hate slugs - I looked at the first two pics but scrolled right past the rest - I had them invade my bedsit when I was living in Sheffield nearly 40 years ago - I might be ashamed to admit it now but I used to sprinkle salt on them and watch them shrivel up!

Sylvia K said...

Incredible captures for the I Day, even if I do hate the little buggers! You always get the best shots, Rune! Have a great week!

Sylvia

Cezar and Léia said...

OMG I can't stare this little critter, your macro picture is so perfect! Oh gosh...
Léia :)

Rajesh said...

Wonderful shots, beautifully composed.

EG Wow said...

Fabulous photos, Rune, but I have to tell you they are NOT my favourite creatures! :)

Jingle said...

amazing shots.
beautifully demonstrated.

Kay L. Davies said...

I agree, great photography, but not my favorite subject.

Kay
Alberta, Canada

Anna said...

Incredible images of this insidious invader! Well done!
Best wishes,
Anna
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Jag fattar inte hur du får så bra bilder!
Bra gjort!
Hjärtliga hälsningar
Anna

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Gramma Ann said...

WOW..what great photos of the slug. I hope they are under control by now. Great post for I day.

imac said...

WOW Rune, grand Macro here my friend.

word-painting said...

Great macros of this insidious slug intent on invading your piece of the earth.


Linda
ABC Wednesday Team

Tumblewords: said...

Amazing photos. But I still don't much care for the 'topic'. :)

Roger Owen Green said...

vulgar is right! but great shots...
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Dimple said...

Slugs are not my favorite creature, but they can be interesting.
Long ago, my siblings and I had a pair of ducks that we would rent to the neighbors as slug catchers-they loved to eat them!

Beverley Baird said...

These insidious invaders are making inroads all over the place!
Great choice for I.
Have a great week!

Vernz said...

technically, it's perfect capture...

but gee I'm having goosebumps...

Hildred and Charles said...

Marvelous shots, - can't say I find this little fellow very attractive, but you have caught all his sluggish qualities.

Carolyn Ford said...

Incredible macro but, it is difficult to call them "beautiful!" God had a sense of humor when he created slugs!

Paula Scott said...

Incredible photography of this rather invasive creature!

Monicas hage og foto said...

Æsj..., men bildene er utrolig flotte:) Har sluppet unna disse ekle krypene enda, men de kommer vel...

mrsnesbitt said...

Wow! Imposter certainly! A fantastic I collection - love the dialogue!

D

Lucy Corrander said...

It ends up looking like a seal!

Lucy

becky at abbeystyle said...

Wow, this is UP CLOSE and PERSONAL!!! Slimy and insidious.

ChrisJ said...

I was about to say yuck and tell you to put salt on its tail, but after reading so many comments from people like me who do not like slugs, I'm wondering if there isn't something they are good for -- surely.

Very clever commentary, Rune.

ANNA-LYS said...

A lovely unexpected encounter or?
You might want more of those, I have seen lots further downhill, shall I send them to You? I hope they can't climb my mountain ... IF they do ... they will get back down there... in an ugly way

prepared with the scissors :-D

lynnwiles said...

I've never had the opportunity to look a slug in the eye before, I'm usually just trying to avoid stepping on them. Great shots of a common garden pest.

Rune (Bildebloggen) said...

De har vært på besøk her i år også, enorme mengder av dem når de først setter i gang å kose seg i hagen. Ekle dyr, men fotogene er dem :) Kjempebilder du har knipset av dem!

Ann said...

great macro shows. I hope there are birds to eat up these immigrants.

In Borneo, a snail came from no well and eats up the rice plant.

anboro said...

I agree about them being a pest. I live in Norway and every summer we have to get rid of them in many different ways in order to save our flowers and kitchen garden.

But it's time the Norwegian press stop calling them "Spanish". First, because I come from Spain and can assure you that we don't have these kind of monsters. They are smaller and have a shell. Second, they should translate better the term "Arion lusitanicus". Lusitania was the old name of Portugal. Let them take the blame, haha!