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What would cause holes in a tree like this?
Trees on the base of Brush Mountain in Scotch Valley outside of Altoona, PA.
I've seen infestations of insects do this. With the cambium healing around it. May be a Maple Tree that was infested with Gypsy Moth Caterpillars or Eastern Tent Caterpillar. I've got one in my front yard. I think, in my case it was carpenter ants.
This low? It seems like the only damage on the tree. But you are the only one with any idea so far, so I appreciate it.
I've heard that a lightening strike can cause this type of damage. I don't know about the veracity of such claims and it very well could be something entirely different.
Lat: 40.52, Long: -78.39
Spotted on Sep 19, 2013 Submitted on Sep 19, 2013