While digging weeds out of the front garden over the weekend, I dug up an interesting looking pod. Or so I thought. Until I looked closer (you know, once it was in my hand) and it moved! Did you hear me scream from where you are? It was
as big as a giant poisonous woman eating serpent
about three inches long and was some sort of moth pupa, I think. The stem thing on the end was interesting. Well, once it was out of my hand and safely back on the shovel. Before that it was just plain scary. If you know what it is, please share. Web searches so far have told me that it is a cactus moth pupa or some other thing that is found in New Zealand. I'm in Maryland, so I'm thinking that's wrong. I'm sure it's quite dangerous, though.