…or an alien space pod? It is rosary pea (Abrus precatorius) to my best knowledge. As cool as this pod looks, the seeds of the rosary pea are actually more toxic than the infamous ricin. Paired with the fact it is an invasive exotic species here in Florida and you really have a deadly (non-space) invader.
An old photo taken some years ago of the invasive exotic plant Lygodium microphyllum in a natural area. Good news is that this monstrous mess is now only alive in this photo!
This cute red beetle (that happens to be a biological agent introduced to control my plant arch nemesis air potato) met his match when he stepped into this golden silk spiders’ web. Too bad he won’t be on the front lines of integrated pest management anymore. He will be missed!