The Black Slug
|Copyright: Jim Costello (bullybeef53)
|Date Taken: 2006-07-31|
|Camera: Sony Dsc F-717, 58mm UV|
|Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2006-08-02 11:30|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|“The Black Slug (Arion ater)” is the name of this photograph and it was taken on a walk in the woods.|
The black slugs can be very big: a length of up to 20 cm has been recorded. Its color is very variable - white, red, orange or grey are all common although black is most usual, often with an orange fringe. There is no keel, and the skin is coarse and granular. The sole is pale, sometimes orange, and the mucus is white. The black slug may rock from side to side when disturbed!
Familiar to all gardeners because of its spectacular size, the black slug is rarely as destructive as the three smaller species described above but can cause damage in spring to seedlings of many kinds. Later, when its preferred diet of rotting vegetation, fungi, manure and even dead animals is more readily available, it causes little damage in the garden - other than promoting heart failure if you step on one when feeding the cat at night.
This photograph was cropped, level adjusted, and saved for the web.
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- [2006-08-08 23:20]
Wonderful shot of this slug.We don't get them here that big!Excellent DOF and detail.Interesting POV.TFS