Note pupal casing chamber of unknown wasp or bee inside of a decaying stem that was broken open. Also note the other tunnels and frass that indicate
heavy feeding by other insects.

Dry wood Termites feeding inside a 5" decaying stem.  Note larger tunnels also there.

This is what the dead stem looks like before it is broken open.

Stem broken open to show large tunnels made by feeding beetle larva.

Look closely to observe the live eyespot click beetle found in a decaying wax myrtle stem.

Here is a dead 4" stem before breaking it open.

This is the same stem showing the feeding activity going on inside. These dead stems are important food and habitat for large insects that Jekyll Island birds and other wildlife need.

Photos by Al Tate