Who Has Been At The Bird Seed Again?

Large Red Slug Arion (Arion) rufus

I found this Large Red Slug (Arion (Arion) rufus) wallowing in the ground bird feeder this morning, and wallowing almost as if it did not have a care in the world. Later on when I took this image, it had finally slithered out the feeder, covered in seed. I am sure these eat more of the seed than the birds do.

September 2017, rear garden, Staffordshire, England.

20 thoughts on “Who Has Been At The Bird Seed Again?

    1. They sure do. And they get in the shed and leave slime along the walls. I have even known them to climb a bird table every night to feed off the seed placed there.


      1. Two nights ago one rotten beastie ate the first tiny leaf sprouting from a lemon seed I planted and left his silver trail! War is declared! 😬

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      2. You made me so laugh out loud here Jude with your declaration of war on the Slimy Kind 🙂 Sound like you are gonna be digging lots of holes and pouring beer down them 😉


      3. No, I’m going to creep out in the middle of the night and ambush the little swine 🔫😬😣☺

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    1. Not the only one, too, for when I lifted the stone to move it to another site there was at least another half a dozen lurking under there, different species, but must have been coming out to feed in the middle of the night! 🙂


  1. Sorry. No “Like” for this one, although I suppose I could for interest value. But slugs are just so ugly and look so mean. Ugh. Didn’t know they were such greedy little robbers, too. I just can’t bring myself to give a Like to such a blob of slime and selfishness! 🙂

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  2. Nice image of a creature I do find rather repulsive. But it proves that not everything in life is about beauty, but about how it is portrayed. It is an interesting image of a moment in time, evidence of a slug that’s been in among birdseed, and also the zoomed in detail of macro. I like it! I never knew red slugs had a hole at the side of their heads. Is this where they breathe?

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    1. Thank you very much, Jill 🙂 I really appreciate that. Yes, you are right about the hole in the side of the slug, and it is called a pneumostome. It opens directly to a single lung. If you ever see one, watch closely and it will open and close.

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      1. Never considered a slug’s lung before, but I will try to take more notice, even if I forget the name for it. You are a well of information.

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