Old trees breaking down

Here’s a look at an interesting stump Hickory and I ran by yesterday. The entire center was filled with dirt crumbles…

And on closer inspection, we could see why.

Many large insects have been at work devouring the rotting wood and, er, producing…dirt.

Hickory said, “Hey, why are you bothered? All gardeners know the best dirt comes from worms. Why not insects, too?”

Afterwards, I noticed the next dead tree we ran by also had lumps of half-decomposed wood/dirt sitting near the base.

Am I going to be seeing other animals’ leftovers everywhere now?