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Gray Garden Slug eggs

Deroceras reticulatum


The gray garden slug (Deroceras reticulatum), introduced from Europe, is the most damaging slug species in the United States. These slugs vary in color from cream to a dark mottled gray and can reach a length of two inches. Milky slug is another common name for this species, as it produces copious milky slime when irritated. Juveniles and adults feed on a wide range of edible and ornamental plants. Young plants are especially vulnerable to attack.


Found in my garden underneath some decaying Oak leaves. Have seen the slugs regularly around my hosta plants.

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1 Comment

SarahWhitt 4 years ago

Thank you!!

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Ohio, USA

Spotted on Aug 12, 2017
Submitted on Aug 12, 2017

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