Thursday, September 18, 2008

Over here, they call it "The Slug and Lettuce" for a reason......

The unpleasant thing about the UK is that everywhere you walk, especially after rain, there are huge disgusting slugs. These are not the little greyish slugs you find in New Zealand, crawling around in the bottom of your salad. Oh no. These are usually between 2-4 inches (5-10cm) long, thick and brown, sometimes with an orange or yellow mantle along the bottom. They remind me of the banana slugs you find in Californian redwood forests, except brown instead of bright yellow.

I got a bit of a shock tonight when I ventured outside to grab my mini pot of various baby lettuces. Glancing at the pot, there was something sitting in it, munching away at my lettuces!

Look at that trail of devastation!

Brendan had to get rid of it for me. While I generally class myself as a strong, independent person, insects are pretty high on the "disgusting" list for me. Especially slugs. Especially these slugs. He couldn't get the slime off afterwards.


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Anonymous said...

ooh - the slugs in England are big and wide. Here, they're less disgusting because they're smaller, like a caterpillar. I wouldn't have touched it either!