Monday, July 27, 2009

Longhorned beetles, continued

As Áurea and I walked towards the reception center at Bosque Santa Lúcia, we saw and heard a branch from one of the trees fall to the ground. "Another dead branch fell", Áurea said. "Nope, it was a live branch", I retorted. A long-horned beetle had just gnawed through a branch of a coração-negra tree (Chamecrista negrensis). As you can see in the attached image, the branch of the tree was quite large. I wonder how many hours it took the long-horned beetle to make the cut? I looked for some sign of the beetle, but to no avail. It probably stayed up in the tree on the other end of the limb. Nothing dumb about a beetle!

4 comments:

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SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

My goodness but that is neat Steven. Do you know if they burrow into the center where the wood is soft once they have taken off a branch like this?

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Jimmy said...

I cant exactly understand it..

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