Fireflies Love Slugs

 

 

Considering the misery and constant vigilance needed by gardeners to keep slugs at bay, seeing the light of fireflies at night is cause for celebration.

If you have pesky slugs, be glad if you have fireflies, also known as lightning bugs. The larvae of fireflies are known as glowworms.

Fireflies are not flies. They are actually beetles. The female firefly deposits her eggs in the ground or in rotting wood or dead leaves on the ground.

When the firefly larvae hatch they catch the scent of the slime trail made by a slug and find the slug. The larvae inject the slug with a numbing fluid and then eat them.

In addition to nature's own predators, here are some tips on controlling slugs.

For more information:

http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/2000/2125.html
http://www.apluswriting.net/rssnewsfeeds/homeandgarden/slugtips.htm
http://www.apluswriting.net/garden/slugs.htm

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Author: Marilyn Pokorney
Freelance writer of science, nature, animals and the environment.
Also loves crafts, gardening, and reading.
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