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.

    Identification difficulty

    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