Larva of beetle feeds on decaying wood

August 29, 2012 | 6:20 p.m. CDT
The larva of a black beetle that feeds on decayed wood rests within the rotted-out stump of a swamp white oak tree shortly after it was cut down by Columbia Parks and Recreation on Wednesday. Although the majority of the trunk was decayed, a few larger limbs in good condition might be saved to be used later in some form of a memorial to the tree, according to the city foresters on the scene.

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