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A branch chewed off

Posted: Sat Feb 23, 2008 10:38 pm
by millipede
This almost could have gone alone with the animal signs topic... I didn't find the culprit, just the signs of it.
Despite the title, I'm not talking about a beaver or something.
I was out in my yard kind of moving some dead branches and stuff... I noticed this one real skinny tree, maybe and inch to an inch and a half in diameter... It was kind of bent over and the top half of the tree was gone... at first glance it looked like someone cut it with a saw or something as it was a smoother separation, not just a break.
So I looked closer. The other half was on the ground. Here's the two halves next to each other.
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What it looks like to me is that some insect ate its way around in a spiral towards the center until the tree was cut in half.
Tristan was over today and I was showing this to him... he looked up and noticed a bunch of branches in that area looked like that.
I'll have to try and look into what kind of insect did this... but I thought it was kind of interesting anyway.

Re: A branch chewed off

Posted: Sun Feb 24, 2008 7:12 pm
by Nicki
wow that's really neat! I don't think I've ever seen anything like it before!

Re: A branch chewed off

Posted: Sun Feb 24, 2008 7:51 pm
by millipede
yeah... I knew there were plenty of bugs that chewed through wood, but this was definitely the first time I saw something like that.
I still haven't looked up an ID yet though

Re: A branch chewed off

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 11:08 am
by C_B
Wow that is awsome! Did you save it? I would have sawed off the ends and kept them! Hurry and find out what it is! :lol:

Re: A branch chewed off

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 1:51 pm
by millipede
Hey, that's not a bad idea. Those branches aren't going anywhere so, hopefully I'll remember to get it.