Sunday, May 23, 2010

Could You Pass the Millipedes, Please? Thank you.


Well. I can't upload any new photos these days but I took these off my facebook page. They're from a few weeks back while hiking at the Tall Trees grove in Redwood National Park.

The millipedes were out and about (we're talking hundreds). At one point I found this banana slug gorging on one of the arthropods. Yup, and some photos to prove it. I did see one eating a dead nestling this fall but am sort of glad I didn't have the camera on me then. Mildly disturbing? Perhaps. Banana slug teeth are so weird but kind of fascinating...i mean, really, look at 'em. Huh. Mellow Yellow, Macro Monday, My World, Face of the Week

40 comments:

biobabbler said...

Fascinating. Never thought about slugs having teeth!

It's interesting to learn that SOMEthing eats millipedes. Frequently when checking herp buckets or other traps millipedes are there, unharmed, regardless of who else is there. Though the kind I've mostly dealt with excrete what I recall is an orangey-red cyanide mixture from their body, so no wonder.

Amazing photos, as ever. =)

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Wow Jill, what a neat entry, that Banana Slug is amazing, and that they eat millipedes, and nestlings too. You mean like in attack them, or get them after something has happened to it first? Really interesting entry, love learning new things. So you my blogger friend are also on facebook...me too~ Take care~

Dimple said...

I never, until this moment, thought of banana slugs eating anything other than vegetables!

Colleen said...

Cool! and ewww...

Carolyn Ford said...

It seems like their teeth would be soft, but, I guess not if it can crunch down on the millipede like that. And, to think that some cultures eat this kind of stuff...ewwww! But...what fascinating photographs these are...amazing color!

Manang Kim said...

It looks like snail but yellow? That is indeed fascinating!! Thanks for sharing!

MYM~Table centerpiece

cheesecakepoi said...

Wow! it's beautiful but still I don't want to get anywhere near it. Ewww... Your shot is fantastic though.

My yellow post is posted. Have a great week ahead.

alicia said...

EEEEW! So gross. And fascinating.

alf said...

this is amazing!!! great photo!

Don't Bug Me! said...

Another brilliant photo - was the millipede dead, or are banana slugs active predators?

Harold Stiver said...

Thats amazing!! My first look at them image I couldn't figure out who was making a meal of who.

Well done!!

Jama said...

Great macro! I've never seen a yellow slug before.

Kala said...

I have never seen one of these creatures up close before. Thanks for sharing!

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july_blogista said...

WhOoOoaaa.. awesome picture you have here.. beautiful macrO too.. i like it..and i have never seen a yellow slug this close! of course, I've never seen it in our country! =)

Anonymous said...

very nice macro, dear
congrats
nice week

Jayne said...

I have never seen or heard of a banana slug ...and a yellow slug *with teeth*?! Now *that's* something to haunt me in my dreams!! :D

Woody said...

Banana? Looks large enough to be the whole bunch! Great shots!!

Ma.links said...

Really scary! Great shots though.

VJF said...

Great macro! You would think that a yellow slug would attract birds, but maybe it really says ... BEWARE!! I taste nasty. Thanks for sharing!

Tricia said...

Oh my... that's something - very strange to see, but amazing macros! WoW!

jason said...

Fantastic shots, Jill! I had no idea banana slugs had teeth of any kind. Totally cool.

Stephanie V said...

Absolutely gorgeous photo. I love the critters you find.

Marice said...

awwww what in interesting captures! :) nice one!

u may view mine here

Carver said...

Wow, that's an amazing shot. Such a beautiful look at an organism in your world.

Sylvia K said...

You do find the cool things photograph! And you do such a splendid job! I'm not fond of slugs and never thought about them having teeth, but your photos are fascinating and even a slug looked good! Have a great week!

Sylvia

Becky said...

Oh my. I would not want to run into one of those! Good shot for MYM.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Jill: My that looks so tasty, never heard of a slug dressed in bright yellow.

Carolyn said...

Well who would have guessed these messy things would/could be so voracious. Here on Haida Gwaii I have always said that we have no predators....guess I was wrong with lots of banana and combat slugs around! Thanks for the interesting post.
Smiles

noel said...

aloha,

what an amazing series, beautiful work.

my entry is on my plantfanatic blog today

J Bar said...

Amazing macros.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Catherine said...

so that is what a milipede's face looks like - great up close and personal shots...

Arija said...

Wonderful post! Wish we had those millipede munching slugs here to help us cope with a plague of imported black millipedes from Portugal for which there are no known predators here.

LadyFi said...

Disturbing and totally amazing!

Pat said...

Yumm...they taste great with butter and garlic.

Vita Stunder said...

Truly fascinating!

Amazing shots, as always.
Have a great week!

Daniela said...

What a great capture, never thought they wer meat eaters :)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Hey Jill -- kinda' sceered me for a moment! Not 'cause I'm afraid of slugs, oh no -- not this long-time Oregonian. But I was afraid that you hadn't moved after all. OK glad you were posting older pictures (which are of course terrific). And hope you had a good trip. I'll go back and try to get to your archives --

ksdoolittle said...

What a capture!! I'm so impressed. ~karen

Sistertex said...

Hi Jill,
so sorry to be commention so late! I have been out of town for the last few days. This is a fantastic shot, I had no idea that slugs ate milipedes! A great shot for 'Face of the Week # 13', thank you so much for participating!