Netted Slug - Deroceras reticulatum


Though variable, this slug usually has a pale creamy body and a brown mantle. It can be distinguished from other Derocerus species by the large and distinct tubercles which are often black edged to give it the 'netted' appearance. It produces milky mucus when irritated.

Photo ID?

It can be found in most lowland habitats, particularly on disturbed ground such as gardens.

When to see it

All year.

Life History

Can be a major pest of crops such as lettuce.

UK Status

This is the most common slug in Europe and is widespread in Britain.

VC55 Status

Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map