Grub? Larvae?

Asked September 4, 2018, 7:52 PM EDT

My kids found the oddest bug in Lake Elmo yesterday. It was in my mother in laws extensive garden so who knows what plants it was attracted to. I have looked online and asked Facebook and neither helped me identify it. It’s something that me, my husband, and my MIL have never seen before. Are you able to tell me what it is? I have attached 2 pictures. It’s back was hard - like a thin fingernail. There was a brown spot on one end which I assume was it’s head. The underside was almost translucent but when it moved outwards it became more red. It appeared to have several small bumps on its underside (“feet”) which could move independently and suck onto things. It was not curled up - the shape was how it looked fully extended. As it moved it’s “feet” outwards the back became less round. It was white with tan markings and a slight tinge of green. It was about the size of a dime. Any ideas? Thanks, Colleen

Ramsey County Minnesota snails

1 Response

Thank you for your question. I'm afraid the resolution of your photos makes it very difficult to identify this, but one of our OSU staff labeled it as a snail, so I'll go with that. The Faucet snail is an invasive snail in Minnesota (http://www.seagrant.umn.edu/ais/faucetsnail.) I suggest you take your critter into your county Extension office for identification. Here is their contact information: http://www3.extension.umn.edu/local/ramsey

Good luck!