Cory Gillis, Undergraduate,  Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Field Technician

 Beetle larvae feeding tunnel

Beetle larvae feeding tunnel

The skull piece is a black bear skull, strapped to an oak cookie from an oak that fell in UF'S Natural Area Teaching Lab (NATL) during hurricane Irma. It's the chain that I used to cut the oak cookie from the log that is attaching the skull to the cookie.

The next piece is beetle larvae feeding tunnels found on a Loblolly Pine in NATL. The leaf above and to the left of the larval tunnels has been "skeletonized". This occurs when bacteria or insects eat all the leaf material but leave the leaves veins behind.

 Black bear skull

Black bear skull