Beehive Snails

I often find gross slugs crawling into my beehives, but today I pulled about a dozen snails just like this out of one hive.

There’s nothing in the photo to provide scale, but the snail is about 3cm (~1inch) round. Most of the snails were inside the hive near the bottom board, but I found a few in the top box too. What the…?

The bees don’t seem to be bothered by them and I can’t detect any damage being done.

I wonder if beehive snails are just a Newfoundland thing. Probably.

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  1. I’ve seen slugs, earwigs and ants in the Uk, but don’t recall meeting hive snails.

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