Slugs and Stinging Nettle- What do they have in common?

Tonight I will be working with my Boy Scout troop on identification of poisonous plants in the Pacific Northwest.  One such plant is my nemesis- the stinging nettle (urtica dioica).

Three years ago, I had a terrible run-in with this obnoxious weed while walking a 3D archery course in the foothills of the Oregon Coast Range.  The encounter left me in pain, but provided the perfect opportunity to teach my son the benefits of slimy slugs in our ecosystem.

Whoa, say what? Slugs, slime and stinging nettle have something in common? Yes, they do!  Read here for the full story.

The banana slug- Ariolimax columbianus

The banana slug- Ariolimax columbianus