Baby slugs, and what they eat

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14 Responses to “Baby slugs, and what they eat”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Taking “squee!” to a whole new level.

  2. foobar says:

    Grumble grumble my garden grumble.

  3. dargaud says:

    A slug diet ? Is that the latest fad from Cosmopolitan ? If you can’t lose weight with that, nothing will.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Um… missing:

    Om nom nom nom

    and

    I CAN HAZ ALGAE?

  5. Anonymous says:

    They just BUBBLE OVER with excitement and glee when I feed mine ordinary table salt.

    It’s the minerals they crave.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I am not a scientist nor am I a Slug Specialist…..Slug Squishalist, more like. I’m here to tell you that in Australia anyway, the many many many little baby sluglettes enjoyed all my bok choi and my broccoli. They make lace work of the bok choi leaves, which I then can’t make palatable to anyone other than my chickens.
    I’ve always been anti-slug and nothing lately has shifted my thinking.

  7. Nicky G says:

    i wonder if slug shit might be the new vegemite?

  8. KatyMac says:

    Fecal Loaf, anyone? For the more sophisticated bio-student, there’s also SlugLoaf. C’mon, try some.

  9. Anonymous says:

    They eat the cat food on the back porch.

  10. relawson says:

    great idea looking at its waste!

    he could also follow them around after being in a bucket all night, they’re probably hungry and will go straight for tacobell!

  11. scifijazznik says:

    My son and I I currently have two biology observations going on. A few weeks ago, we caught some pollywogs in Griffith Park her in El Lay. We caught 7 and so far, three have crossed into toadhood. They are excruciatingly cute. Watching them chase after tiny crickets is better than anything on TV. We plan to let them go after all have completed pollywog school and had a few meals. This is the third year we’ve done it and, far from wearing thin, the joys have grown each time.

    The second observation: a few months ago, we went on a bug hunt and caught about 10 millipedes and put them in a little mossy terrarium. Within weeks, there were babies. Lots of them. They like cucumbers. From what I can tell, their poop has become an integral part of the tiny ecosystem. I’ve tried to photography the babies, but I don’t have a camera good enough to resolve them properly. They are also very cute, but I’m afraid to pick them up for fear I’ll accidentally squish them.

    On a completely unrelated note, my son asked what I thought was a brilliant question last weekend that may qualify for the “science questions from toddlers” that you present every now and then. My son is 4 and he asked “Why do the call them rockets when they’re not made out of rocks.” Alas, I had no answer.

    • peterbruells says:

      “rocket” has nothing to do with rocks. It’s the anglicized form of the Italian word “rocchetta” which means spindle.

      I think one can out this in a way a 4 year old can understand.

    • Lucifer says:

      according to the interwebs

      Rocket ‘projectile’ (17th c.) is ultimately an allusion to the shape of such objects. It comes via Old French roquette from Italian rocchetto, a diminutive form of rocca ‘spool’ – hence the application to the ‘cylindrical’ rocket.

    • chenille says:

      I’ve had success picking up tiny caterpillars, too small to safely catch by hand, by very gently using a make-up brush.

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