BELINDA GROVER PHOTOGRAPHY

STOPS ALONG THE WAY

BEETLE GALLERY

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Insect Trail

The intricate design in this tree stump was carved by beetles and their larvae. Although their designs or galleries are beautiful, these insects end up killing their host by destroying the tree’s ability to transport nutrients. The design is revealed when the bark falls away. There is not much left of the original tree but it still has a role in the forest. Fungi grow on its side, vines encircle it and seeds are left on its surface for a passing squirrel or bird.

19 thoughts on “BEETLE GALLERY

  1. A quick note from a conservationist:

    This shows how insects can be concealed in wood. In some cases, the insects may be foreign or invasive. If you’re doing any camping, remember not to move the wood further than 50 miles. Wood should remain local to reduce the spread of these hitchhikers.

    Paz

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  2. A neat capture and info, Belinda! Interesting to think about how many birds and insects used the tree through its life and as it rots.

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  3. Well spotted and very nice too Belinda!

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  4. Nice Belinda! These are fun to photograph! Sometimes the patterns are amazing, like the ones you show here!

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  5. Everything is food for something, right down to fungi. The cycles of nature are truly amazing.

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  6. I like to envision them scurrying along creating all the winding pathways. So beautiful how you’ve described this, Belinda.

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  7. The cycle of life continues.

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  8. Artwork courtesy of nature!

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  9. “Fungi grow on its side, vines encircle it and seeds are left on its surface for a passing squirrel or bird.” What an apt description – nothing is wasted in nature.

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  10. Who knew that beetles were such artists?

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