Turned to Gold

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I don’t tend to post many slugs on this blog, although I have photographed quite a few, because I realise they are probably not everyones favourite animal. Yet I think this particular one with its gold speckling which are chromatophores (pigment cells) catches the eye and stand out amongst a world of slithering slugs.

It is called the Brown Soil Slug (Arion (Kobeltia) distinctus), and I often come across it in the garden.

The 2nd image down shows a slug mite Riccardoella (Proriccardoella) oudemansi crawling just below the mantle. Called the White Slug Mite, it is a parasite which infest the lungs of slugs and snails feeding on the hosts blood.

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17 thoughts on “Turned to Gold

    1. Thank you, Ellen. I know slugs and snails aren’t everbodies cup of tea, and as a gardener myself I can undesrstand that … but I still appreciate them to some extent πŸ™‚

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  1. It’s not just the color but the patterning that makes it attractive to my eye. Not only that, the segments remind me of a licorice candy from childhood called Good and Plenty. Odd, the associations that arise.

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