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.
We had the second large ash tree felled a couple of days ago. It had a lot of dead wood in the canopy, and chunks were frequently coming down. When the tree surgeon got up there he said it had the "die-back" affliction (although the tree looked reasonably healthy last year).
The weather was friendlier than last time; the blue sky made a great backdrop for the sawdust flying around.
Down comes another log.
Below is my favourite photo; the sky seemingly filled with the sawdust from Daniel's chainsaw.
I positioned myself such that the sawdust was drifting directly at me - I said the weather was friendly!
This is the tree before work started. A shame it's gone now, but we do have a huge pile of logs now! Some of which I have chopped up.
I helped on the ground the whole time; Daniel was so impressed with my assistance that he asked if I'd be interested in helping him on future jobs. Could a new career be starting?