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Opened hazelnut with egg inside

Observed: 1st October 2011 By: sh6743
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - current student
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Opened hazelnut with what appears to be an insect egg inside. There may be some teeth marks on the left-hand side of the hole.

    Likely ID
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
Species interactions

No interactions present.


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I have this great Collins'

I have this great Collins' Guide to Animal tracks and signs that has a whole page of nuts eaten by various animals. Using that book, this looks like a hole left by a wood mouse. Squirrels apparently split the nut, or where they gnaw a hole it is more ragged in outline.

As for the egg, it looks like it might belong to a snail, but that is a pure guess.

University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)

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Thanks Jonathan, A snail

Thanks Jonathan,

A snail definitely makes sense - there were lots of snail shells in the area where I found the hazel nut.

It did look like a very neat hole, I could barely see any teeth marks so a wood mouse is a definite possibility.