Look what crawled out of our Acorns

Look what we saw today! Some type of grubs coming out of some acorns that the boys had collected a couple of weeks ago. My youngest brought his jar to me today to show me how most of the acorns had started sprouting and we also noticed that their were grubs in the jar. So we poured the acorns out and found a couple with holes in them. In two of them we actually so the grub like creatures coming out of the holes from the inside of the acorn. So of course I had to do a little research and find out if this was normal and it is. Anyway this ended up being a great Nature Study, some of the best ones have been a surprise like this =o) Below I have pasted in a little information I found about this amazing discovery and at the bottom of the post I have a link to a great Acorn Nature study and a few other links I thought you might enjoy!
(See drawings and read more at the link above)
How would you like to live inside an acorn? It might be a little small. But it is just the right size for many insects. Every year acorns become temporary homes for some insects. Acorn weevils overwinter in the ground. In the summer, they emerge to look for a mate. Mating usually takes place very soon after the weevils emerge. The female acorn weevil uses the small jaws at the end of her long snout to drill a hole in the shell of the developing nut. Then she backs up and lays 2 to 4 eggs inside. The young acorn weevil larvae hatch inside the acorn after one or two weeks. The larvae develop inside the acorn, feeding on the nutmeat for about 3 weeks. The more larvae inside an acorn, the slower they develop because they must share the available food.
The infested acorn falls from the tree about the time that the weevil larvae are fully grown. When the acorn hits the ground, it is a signal to the acorn weevil larvae that it is time to chew their way out. This process can take from 2 hours to 3 days, depending on the thickness of the acorn shell. Once the acorn weevil larva breaks free of the acorn, it tunnels down into the ground and makes an earthen cell in which to spend the winter. The larva will stay in its winter home for up to 5 years before it emerges one summer as an adult acorn weevil.
The empty acorn can be used by other insects for food and shelter. A different insect, the acorn moth, may lay an egg near the exit hole left by the acorn weevil larva. After the egg hatches, the acorn moth catepillar climbs through the hole into the acorn, where it spends the winter. The following spring it leaves the acorn before turning into an acorn moth. Acorn moth larvae are not the only insects that use the vacated acorns. Other residents such as fruit flies and fungus gnats can move into the decaying acorns.
–Check out this link where this info. came from.
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Here is a great Acorn Nature Study Resource
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Something else interesting: Health benefits of Acorns
Acorns have been tested and found to be possibly the best food for effectively controlling blood sugar levels. They have a low sugar content, but leave a sweetish aftertaste, making them very good in stews, as well as in breads of all types. Ground, leached acorn meal, ready to dry. The bitterness is gone. They are rich in complex carbohydrates, minerals, and vitamins while they are lower in fat than most other nuts. They are also a good source of fiber. An additional benefit from eating acorns is in the gathering. Acorns, although they “fall from trees,” must be picked and processed before eating, which requires a walk, then bending and picking up. All of these are good exercise. In fact, that is why many “primitive” foods are so healthy. They require exercise just to put them on the table, not just a short trip to the convenience store or fast food joint.
**This was a quote from the Article linked above “Harvesting the wild Acorn”.**
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