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3 minutes ago, daltontrees said:

Longhorn beetle?

Hi Jules

 

Yep pretty sure it is a longhorn but which one.  This larva was the smallest of 3 I found, at just over 6 cms so I reckon its a big one !  Oh yeah - its in France

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Evening.  Back in France - had a couple of sickly looking Alders to drop this week  - dying / dead and the woodpecker had been having a go, so I expected the odd grub !  Splitting it out - absolutely infested with lime-green larvae  - max about an inch long (and a couple of bigger flatheads).  I am sure that some of you on here are far, far more knowledgeable than me so can anyone please tell me what they are ?

 

Thanks

 

As an aside I reckon the big grub (posted in August) is Ergates Faber - magnificent beetle - similar size to Stag but all beetle - none of that antler stuff !!!

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Just for interest, found a lot (40-50+) of these fellas in a windblown Alder (there's your clue !) that I was tidying up the other day.  Haven't seen them before and apparently they normally overwinter in the leaf litter not in the bark where these were.  About 7-8mm and a lovely shade of blue (the pic doesn't really do it justice).

 

 

The second pic is (I think) a Large Tortoiseshell trying to stay cool till it's time to wake up !

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On 02/05/2018 at 06:37, ABtrees said:

OK I'm going to need some help with this one - possibly some kind of Alderfly or Dobson but can anyone narrow it down for me?  The body is about 6cm with antennae and twin 'tails' on top of that, wings laid more flat down the length of its body rather than more triangular either side. Thick sturdy legs.

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sounds like my x.

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53 minutes ago, Darrin Turnbull said:

Any ideas what made this in a birch tree top.

The tunnel in the wood is about 7-8mm in diameter.

 

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Don’t think it is but hoping it’s not the bronze birch borer.

 

Agrilus anxius 

 

https://www.forestry.gov.uk/pdf/Bronze-Birch-Borer-Contingency-plan.pdf/$FILE/Bronze-Birch-Borer-Contingency-plan.pdf

 

Not meant to be in Europe.....yet

 

Any D shaped exit holes ?

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Just now, David Humphries said:

Don’t think it is but hoping it’s not the bronze birch borer.

 

Agrilis anxius 

 

https://www.forestry.gov.uk/pdf/Bronze-Birch-Borer-Contingency-plan.pdf/$FILE/Bronze-Birch-Borer-Contingency-plan.pdf

 

Not meant to be in Europe.....yet

 

Any D shaped exit holes ?

The only exit hole to be found was the one the woodpecker made .

 

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1 hour ago, Darrin Turnbull said:

The only exit hole to be found was the one the woodpecker made .

 

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Looks like the woody was pretty hungry for whatever it was wrinkling around inside there. 😄

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On 24/03/2019 at 17:24, Darrin Turnbull said:

Any ideas what made this in a birch tree top.

The tunnel in the wood is about 7-8mm in diameter.

 

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Still not sure what insect this could be.

maybe , leopard moth.

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