Green Cellar Slug

Limacus maculatus

Green Cellar Slug (Limacus maculatus)

Also called the ‘Irish Yellow Slug’, this is a medium-sized to large slug with a short keel. The body colour varies from pale ochre through to yellow-green to grey. The body has dark blotches or spots. The mucous is colourless. It has grey-blue tentacles. Similar to the Yellow Cellar Slug (Limacus flavus), which is a brighter yellow, has smaller spots and blotches, and has blue tentacles. Length 80 to 130mm.

Green Cellar Slug (Limacus maculatus)

It feeds on seedlings, vegetables, fungi, lichen, and decaying matter. It will even feed on pet food found indoors and old, damp wallpaper.

Commonly associated with gardens and houses, and it will venture indoors after dark. It prefers dark and moist habitats, and it may frequent cellars, greenhouses and sheds. Common and widespread throughout Britain and Ireland.

Photographs of Green Cellar Slug (Limacus maculatus), taken January 2014, front drive, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2014. Camera used Nikon D3200, with Nikon 18-55mm lens.

11 thoughts on “Green Cellar Slug

  1. as slugs go, this one is quite pretty.. that colourless mucous gives it kind of a glow.

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  2. I really like slugs , and snails even more. And of course they can’t run away or fly off when you want a photo! Lovely macro shots Pete. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Jude 🙂 Yes, they do give you sometime to prep and take your shots, compared to other creatures. I didn’t realised how many species of slugs and snails I had in my garden until I started photographing them and identifying them. I am surprised I have any garden left, lol!

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