The Killmarnock Willow to the left of this picture, overhanging the pond, has been dead for a year now. Our intention is to remove it and build an additional pond where it stands - at the side of our existing pond.
Rosie and I took the willow down and broke it up for composting. We thought that the tree had been a victim of the cold and long winter last year, but as we removed the tree, we found that not to be the case.
The lower trunk was completely bored out by beetle larvae. The whole lower trunk had become spongey and the vascular system of the tree had been destroyed.
These larvae looked like those of a large beetle. Without growing them on, it is impossible to say which beetle, but the longhorn beetle is a possible candidate. They are now bird food!