Tawny garden slug
Other Common Name
Extended, the slug can be 7.5 to 10cm in length. A yellow body with
grey mottling, and pale blue tentacles.
Other similar species
Generally nocturnal, which results in few sightings and therefore often
thought to be a less common species. Mates late summer and eggs laid from late
summer to winter. Juveniles most common in late winter and spring.
Originally thought to be native to Europe, particularly the Mediterranean
region, but now commonly found as an agricultural pest worldwide: Great Britain,
Ireland, Ukraine, South Africa and China.
Usually associated with disturbed habitats. Often found around human
Voracious appetite for seedlings and vegetables. The species has been
observed to feed around the trunks of mature banana trees, resulting in them
Crops at Risk
Ornamental plants, field vegetables, stored fruit and vegetables.
Commonly found as a pest in greenhouses and polytunnels.
Impact and Severity
Young slugs rasp away the surface of plant leaves. Adults reduce the saleability
of commercial plants by chewing holes in leaves and leaving slime trails.
Prevention and Control
Trapping may reveal the presence of this species. As with many other
species of slugs and snails, the combination of cultural and chemical control
usually provides the best results.