Killer slugs a sign of spring
The Local · 14 Jan 2008, 12:01
Published: 14 Jan 2008 12:01 GMT+01:00
Mother Nature has apparently been deceived into imagining that spring has already arrived. Chanterelle mushrooms have also been spotted in the province of Östergotland, south of Stockholm, which surprises biologists.
“I have never heard about that previously. This is very, very unusual,” said Lars-Åke Janzon, a biologist at the Museum of Natural History.
Among the more unwelcome harbingers of Spring is the so-called “killer slug” (Arion Lusitanicus) a 10-15 cm beast with a voracious appetite. This nemesis of gardeners everywhere, the murderous slug hibernates during the winter, and returns to life when the temperature hits 7-9 degrees Celsius. Tics usually become active at about 5 degrees.