Another morning, another gastropod foray.
Conditions in the yard were a little odd this morning, owing to the fact that our wee patch of lawn was watered last night. This means that conditions were moist in the vicinity of the lawn but fairly dry otherwise.
Strangely, the lawn itself was not hosting many slugs or snails, unlike yesterday morning. Maybe the amount of water put out by the sprinklers was too much for them. Right on the edges of the lawn area, though, there were plenty of slugs.
So, I could feel that my time was well spent.
In the regions of the yard farther from the wee patch of lawn, I found a few slugs and fewer snails. I did start noticing a fair number of potato bugs in places (leaves, stems, strawberries) where I used to see more slugs. From a distance, potato bugs are actually not so easy to distinguish from slugs, either.
Do potato bugs share a niche with slugs? Are my gastropod removal efforts going to lead to an explosion of the potato bug population?
I guess I’m going to have to keep an eye on the potato bugs to see if they do significant damage to my plants. If so, I think I can find room for them in the Soapy Bucket of Merciful Deliverance, too.
Today’s take: 50 slugs and 10 snails (eight of them very tiny).