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7966 Views 1 Reply Last post: Dec 20, 2012 9:42 PM by Mike RSS
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Aug 26, 2012 5:56 PM

slugs mating?

I saw these the other day on the ground in my back yard.  The weather was damp and cloudy - it even set off the flash when I took a picture.


From what I have read they must have been mating (they had gone when I looked a couple of hours later).  However, I thought they normally paired hanging from a branch or something, not flat on the ground.  Is this unusual?  What species of slug are they?  It was interesting that they were different shades of brown, one much lighter than teh other.

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    Dec 20, 2012 9:42 PM (in response to Drosophila)
    Re: slugs mating?

    Are they a type of Keeled slug, Keel refering to the wavy orangey-coloured rim around the base of the slug.


    I wouldn't have expected slugs to hang from branches, but one exception is the Leopard slug, or Great grey slug.


    "This species has a very unusual and distinctive mating method, where the pair of slugs use a thick thread of mucus to hang suspended in the air from a tree branch or other structure."


    They're supposed to inhabit woodlands, but I found one in my garden in London earlier this year.


    By the way, could you tell me how to insert images into a post?

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