While walking with Jello on a wooded trail in our neighborhood, I stepped over this strange looking outgrowth. I leaned in closer to take a picture and was soon threatened by one of the hornets that were working the outgrowth.
I don’t know what it is – or if it’s a hornet – though it likely is. I sent these photos to the local Agricultural Extension Service asking for assistance identifying it and to find out if it’s a nuisance pest.
One thing I’m sure of, I’m unlikely to take that trail again until I know it is safe!