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!