OK, what is this thing besides really gross?
When we moved into this house 14 years ago, one of the first things we did was take down an old, dying apple tree that was spilling rotten fruit into the neighbor's yard. We also had to evict huge ant colonies that really liked to eat the apples. Once the tree was gone, though, they took over our garden, which was right near the tree stump. These ants would drill a tiny hole in a tomato, then hundreds of them would use the hole as a doorway into the tomato, which they would eat from the inside out. I remember picking tomatoes, which -- hollowed out be the ants -- would collapse in my hand. I would be left holding a tomato skin, and my hand would be covered with the ants that had been inside. Ick, ick, ick -- it was like something out of a horror movie.
This weekend, my husband discovered that the old apple tree stump was finally giving up the battle and could easily be broken apart and pulled out. Deeply at home in the rotted wood were these things -- lots of 'em. Gross, gross, gross, gross. Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwww.
Anyone know what it is? Besides disgusting, I mean? My Google searches haven't worked.