Wood boring beetle

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Wood boring beetle

Wood boring beetle pupa shell

I was searching the rotting log pile in my wildlife garden late yesterday in the setting sunlight looking for insects to photograph when I saw this beetle pupa case sticking out from the end of a log. This is the first one I have ever seen and was amazed at the size of the pincers it used to carve through the wood. If you have a wildlife garden a rotting log pile is essential. As the logs go soft they attract all kinds of insects which lay their eggs in the wood. These hatch into grubs which attract birds. I regularly see great spotted woodpeckers digging in the logs looking for them.

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