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For the record, my unwelcome-but-interesting visitor is probably a "Dog's Vomit slime mould," arguably the least pretty of the species. Many slime moulds have ornate fruiting bodies or spore producers, but this beastie settles down, turns solid, and converts its internal structure into a blood-red mass of spores.

This is the second one of these critters I've had. I don't think they're particularly harmful, they mostly eat mulch, but they're unattractive and I'm not too sure I want my mint covered with slime mold goo.

Still, they're interesting creatures. I'm a bit of a fan of them, after watching a documentary on slime molds some 10 years ago (I was in high school, I think, so more like 15 years ago now, sigh).

Since this beast is more or less unkillable, I'm sure he'll re-appear somewhere else the next time I garden...I'd been joking occasionally about wanting a pet slime mould, but not this particular species, it's unusually disgusting :)


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May. 6th, 2009 02:13 pm (UTC)
What a charming name it has.
May. 6th, 2009 09:11 pm (UTC)
An apt name if there ever was one. (snrkkk)
May. 6th, 2009 09:58 pm (UTC)
Fess up, you've got a secret desire for the Ooze Master prestige class. =)
May. 6th, 2009 10:14 pm (UTC)
The oozemaster *rocks*, sir. I've never hidden my love of that one. Voted weirdest prestige class, three years running!
May. 7th, 2009 03:37 am (UTC)
Something like this?

At least it isn't in your tea. <.< >.>

May. 7th, 2009 12:07 pm (UTC)
That is definately slime :) I'm not sure if it's a slime mold, but no, I wouldn't want to drink that, either! :)

There's a huge condo downtown with a very modern san serif font, in about 22000 point, the word "COLE" running down the side. It's rather hard to miss...
May. 7th, 2009 02:47 pm (UTC)
...I peed on it, and therefore it is mine?
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