The dried chestnuts looked undamaged in their husk, but three groups of weevil grubs surely left some damage behind:
Gingerly prying the seeds out revealed holes in all three:
The weevils converted the nut meat into what looks like solid frass:
Having eaten themselves out of house and home, they moved on to the next plane of existence.
For most of them, that would be bird food.
2 thoughts on “Monthly Science: Chestnut Weevil Damage”
Roast those “over an open fire”! … Truth be told, I’ve never had roasted chestnuts of any variety, especially frass flavor.
I vaguely recall eating a roasted chestnut and deciding it didn’t live up to the hype.
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