Intricate Patterns and Holes

I thought today was beautiful; the sunshine, hardly any wind, and a high of 35f.

More from Thursday’s outing. And it was not boring. ;-).

The above tree had sapsucker holes on the trunk. The sapsucker will make a horizontal line of holes. A pattern easily recognized on many species of trees.

Boring beetle holes are easier to see when the bark is gone. The shape of the holes can help with ID of beetles. No I don’t know which ones are which.
We were drawn to the insects tunnels.

The sunshine highlighted this one!

Perhaps a similar species? Do the smaller side tunnels mean it were different insects or small larvae of the same species? Apparently some beetles make egg galleries on the side. This chart suggests the tunnels may be metallic wood-boring beetles (Buprestidae). While looking around I did find that healthy trees in their natural environments are usually not the target of these beetles.

Barking Beetle Patterns

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The tunnel’s frass had not fallen yet.

Hackberry bark fins!

A fallen leaf plastered on a fallen log with holes!

More tomorrow from the Jan 18th outing!

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Keep looking!

The more you know, the more you see and the more you see, the more you know


  1. I am curious about the large borer tunnels with the smaller ones off of them. Very interesting.
    The leaf plastered to the log is great art. Could be inspiring to the creative person like a stamp stencil for walls.

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