But it's spring, and like puppies after a long winter, the dog stinkhorns have come out to play. Behold Mutinus elegans!
|At first, the stinkhorn is pretty nondescript and button-like.
|And then it's Martha, hide the children, for things are getting weird!
|Another view, from pod to emerging stinkhorn to one that probably got kicked over, showing the hollow, spongy inner works. An engineering feat, without a doubt.
If these pictures are not enough, Cornell University has a time-lapse video of the full horror, from emergence to the inevitable keeling over. As a group, these stinkhorns seem to have very distinctive shapes...