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Hello Bugman,
Stumbled across your site while looking for official names for "Hummingbird Moths". I took this photo many years ago and always wanted to know what these slugs are doing on the front of my house. I am assuming they are mating but need conformation. Thanks for the interesting website,it is now in my favorites.
Hatfield Pa

Hi Ken,
I think your slugs are redefining the exchange of bodily fluids. Slugs are hermaphroditic as well, each containing the organs of male and female. So a slug can mate with any other slug it meets. Awesome image and a welcome addition to our new Love Among The Bugs page.

Update (01/18/2006)
Those mating slugs on Bug Love page From:
Hi nice bug people, I love your site. I thought you might like to know that the pair of mating slugs are Limax maximus, the Leopard slug, which is an introduced species in the USA. Like all pulmonate gastropods, they are hermaphrodites. This large species is quite common around human habitation. You can see another picture, but not nearly as good as the one you have, at: Ecology/mpages/leopard_slug.htm And there is a whole sequence of picture of a pair mating at: Although I am primarily a mollusk person, I also am fond of bugs. Invertebrates rule!
best to you,
Susan Hewitt

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Also, I dont know how much you might know about snails, But I have these really pretty ones living on pieces of scrap wood at the base of my tree. I did move them so I could take pictues, But no worries, I put them back 😀 If you could tell me what kind these lovely snails are, It would be much appreciated.
Thank you much for all your help

We don’t recognize this snail, but are working on it.

Update (02/07/2006)
Mystery Snail
I was checking out your site and think its a great resource. I noticed on your slug section someone submitted a picture of a snail on 7-17-05. If this was taken in the USA it is an exotic snail. Most likely the brown lipped snail Family Helicidae-Cepaea nemoralis. There is many color variations of this species. This snail is well established in the Eastern United States. It is hard to give a final ID without pictures of the under side. There is also other Cepaea spp. that are not known to occur in the US and are of interest to the USDA. My job involves exotic pests and I am on the constant look out for them. Keep up the great wor.
k Brian Sullivan
Plant Health Safeguarding Specialist
Attached is a picture I took of Emerald Ash Borer in Michigan I hope your readers are on the look out for this pest.

Update (02/26/2006)
Yes, I agree with Brian Sullivan that this is a Cepaea, almost certainly Cepaea nemoralis, the brown-lipped garden snail. As Brian says, in the US it is introduced from Europe, and tends to be spread in soil with plantings from nurseries. In this very attractive-looking species, the shell can be yellow, or a pretty reddish-brown, and the shell can have no bands, or up to 5 bands. The one pictured seems to be sub-adult, and so it does not have the thickened lip. When they reach adult size, the lip of the shell thickens, and is almost always brown in this species.
Best to you,
Susan J. Hewitt

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Here are several pictures of invertebrates that my wife has taken. She is a sales rep for a company that sells garden products and she uses the pictures to train garden center employees to identify local pests. First, is a grub I found in my front yard here in Vancouver, Washington. It was about an inch long. My wife doesn’t know what it is. Any ideas? The next two are photos of a slug, one in front of a measuring tape. Nearly 10 inches long! What a beaut. The last two are European crane fly, in the adult and larval stages, respectively. Just something to add to your collection.

Wow Evan,
Thanks for all the awesome images. We are starting a new page devoted to snails and slugs thanks to your great images of a Banana Slug.

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