These grubs -- beetle larvae -- were in a decomposing stump.
They were quite large and became very active once the sun warmed
them. We were amazed at how quickly birds noticed, came and plucked
What kind of beetle were they? One of the many that are benign
and helpful -- they did not cause the tree to die but are simply
speeding its decomposition. More than that we cannot say, since the
birds got them before we even thought, "Let's collect some, to let
them pupate and then emerge as adults." Only the adults have the
identifying marks that might lead to a species name.
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