“The rotting trunk now becomes home to a complex living community. Wood ants move in and chew the moldy wood to make their paper nests. They soak the nest walls with honeydew, the sugary excretions of aphids. Fungi bloom on this substrate, and their fibrous web stabilizes the nest. A multitude of beetles are drawn to the mushy, rotten interior of the cavity. Their larvae can take years to develop, and therefore they need stable, long-term accommodations.”

The Hidden Life of Trees | Wohlleben | 2015

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