Tuesday, March 28, 2006

The thing

We found this... thing... on a walk.



Hubby says it is "obviously" the remains of a bug - one of those hairy caterpillars - and it does look like that, from this angle especially.



I tried looking up various combinations of the words dried hairy/spiky alien caterpillar exoskeleton on Google Images but didn't find anything that matched it.

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Update:

I did think it was a plant pod of some sort at first. But it was the only one around. It was fairly glued to the tree.

Also, I just remembered a dream I had last night.

In the dream, I discovered that we had a basement that I hadn't previously realized was there. There was even a retractable clothesline that I thought would be perfect for drying quilts. I was ecstatic! I could finally wash the quilts!

(Yes I have a yard as big as all outdoors but I also have a dog who'd make mincemeat out of an heirloom quilt in very short order.)

(Yes I have the most boring dreams known to man.)

18 comments:

Wayne said...

WOWOWOWWO! That is one bizarre sloughed off exoskeleton. Wonder if thingfish or Bev knows what that is?

Spectacular ornamentation.

doubleknot said...

That is a strange thing - makes you wonder what came out of it - alian catterpiller? LOL.
I have just been enjoying your pictures so much. Used to be a country now living in the city so country blogs take me back to good memories. I remember buying dirt and making anything into compost - In Florida we have mostly sand and you have to keep adding to the soil.

Sabine said...

Uuh Karen! If you look similar to Sigourney Weaver... RUN!!!

meresy_g said...

That is scary. I'm glad I've never seen anything like that around here. Was it attached to the tree? How big was it? At first it looked like the remnants of a Teasel pod that something had mistakenly tried to eat. Wonder what came out of that. If you don't figure it out, send that picture to your local ag. extension office. They'll know what it is.

Gin said...

I don't know what it is, either, but I think we can all be thankful that it is dead.

Anonymous said...

I'm with sabine on this one - Run like Hell!

Ignatz

p.s. if you find out what it is, please let us know

edifice rex said...

I swear you find the weirdest stuff on your land. Allen and I were ecstatic because we found some trillium on ours. Woo-hoo!

Earth Monkey said...

i took a walk from "here" to "there" to "there" to "there" last night and then i found your blog. i love this picuture and the whole investigative process of trying to find out what "things" are. my husband recently bought me a bug book for this exact reason. "rescue and release" - trap under glass, figure out what the hell it is and then send it out of the house. this thing is bizarre. and it makes me think of Alien, too. cheers!

Floridacracker said...

Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are on the way.

JLLove said...

Kitty spit up?
Partiall digested sand burr?
Neo Con - always thought they were aliens!

chiefbiscuit said...

Didn't know such a thing existed ... fungi can be interesting shapes ... maybe it's a fungi - or not. (A guy who's not much fun?)
Love your blogs!

Rurality said...

Ha, thanks everybody. Love all the suggestions! I wiwll be curious to see if it's still there next time I walk over that way. It's in the fossil-hunting area so I've walked by there a jillion times lately... how could I have missed it?!

It's not that big - maybe a couple inches long (5 cm).

Oh and Annie, I need to schedule an appointment with your trilliums please. :)

OK got to run get started back on taxes. Ugh.

Mary said...

Oh my gosh! Keep us updated if you find out what that thing is! I wanna know. I've never ever seen anything like it. What you *could* do (if you are really curious) is take it to your Alabama Cooperative Extension Service office. They might know.

Sonia said...

May be a remainder of a porcupine?

Suldog said...

Man, that is truly bizarre! I hope you find out what it is so that you can tell the rest of us.

Flourish & Blotts said...

Wicked! Sorry I've nothing to contribute about its origins.

thingfish23 said...

I believe it is a miature version of the spaceships from "Buckaroo Banzai".

Otherwise, ya got me...

I'll put my researching hat on, though.

Vermont Neighbor said...

That is likely the strangest creature ever... if it was a creature... it's some kind of creation, definitely. Spooky!