Photo by Kropsoq
This is an ootheca.
Per Merriam-Webster, "a firm-walled and distinctive egg case (as of a cockroach)."
In this instance (above & my instance which inspired said quiz),
it's a mantid or mantis egg case.
Every time I'd see one in our yard,
"ootheca" would pop to mind,
tho' I really wasn't sure that's what it was.
Apparently, my brain is smarter than I am. =)
Speaking of smart:
Sara NAILED it, exactly--woo-hoo!! We bow to your brain.
Sue's guess was delightful (& seasonally appropriate),
and Cindy's guess (a rock with round things popping out of it)
was EERILY close (rock-hard egg case). =)
Thank you to ALL quiz participants: YOU ROCK!!
Flowers 'n' bugs: obsessed
Delightful hits of color, pattern, and bugs
I've been indulging in via our irises & their fans.
(how cute is that little buggy shadow?)
teeny weeny invertebrates
crab spider (I'm pretty sure) eating said teeny weeny invertebrates
Can you see how, if one is hyper visual,
a color & pattern freak, and a giant fan of bugs,
these irises and their complement are a special kind of heaven?
Oh, and they smell amazing.
Can't stop; won't stop.
Sunday I ordered seven more irises.
I can pick them up in 5 months.
Then plant & wait another 6 months to see them bloom.
This is my new obsession.
I already know 7 more I want to order next year.
I think I'm going to have to start earning more money to support my habit.
Is it just me? Anyone else similarly obsessed by something?