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16/03/2014 at 12:01

Hi everyone I was wondering if I posted some pictures of the strange pods I found when I chopped down my dead apple tree.

When I moved into my home there was a dead apple tree in the garden, I asked my neighbors about it and they said it just died for no reason.  Anyway I have now just chopped it down and found these strange pods/cocoons/egg sacs made of rolled leaves, perfect size and shape.  I was hoping someone could identify them for me and solve the mystery.

Thank you in advance.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/39652.jpg?width=235&height=350&mode=max

16/03/2014 at 12:02

is there anything in them or are they empty?

16/03/2014 at 12:04

Look like they are made of leaves so would suspect some kind of solitary bee.

Edit: Leaf cutter bee larvae, probably:

http://www.moraybeedinosaurs.co.uk/solitary.html

 

16/03/2014 at 12:19

Yes they they seem to have little white eggs in. Pinhead in size.

I can open one and take another picture if you like.

16/03/2014 at 12:21

Very interesting about the bees. Thank you,

16/03/2014 at 13:36

You are welcome, Vonni.  Solitary bees just use a nice-looking ready made hole - they are 'garden goodies' and won't have been responsible for the demise of the tree.

16/03/2014 at 15:27

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