Monday, 31 October 2011

Balfour Library Conservation Project - What's been eating that book? Update...

I recently blogged about a book that was found during the volunteers' cleaning that appeared to have been nibbled at by a deathwatch beetle larva. 

Our conservator has since advised that, due to the sheer size of the holes, she doesn't think the damage was caused by a beetle larva but probably by a slug or snail! It's definitely not rodent damage either, as that would have sharp, serrated edges.

I don't know how they would have got inside the book; maybe it was left open for a while and the slug or snail decided to stop on its travels to have a munch?!