Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Wood worm

As I was splitting some of the logs from our ash tree the other day I suddenly found myself staring at this monster.

It's about 6cm long by 1cm across, and was living at the end of a long hole it had presumably eaten along the grain of the wood. Many of the logs had a single 1cm hole down them with blackened areas around the bore.

Does anyone know what the creature is?

6 comments:

Sarah said...

No, but no wonder the tree wasn't well!

Maffi said...

Could be an Ash boring larva.

Halfie said...

I think it must be, Maffi, but what would it have turned into had I not disturbed its habitat somewhat?

Neil of Herbie has contacted a tree expert friend of his - I'll pass on any information as I get it ...

Neil Corbett said...

It's a Leopard moth larvae. Text me your email address and I will forward the tree expert's full reply.
Kath (nb Herbies)

Halfie said...

Kath, I have done so (and you have acknowledged before I finished typing this!)

Anonymous said...

It'll catch supper....