I found three clumps of these weird growths today sprouting out of the wood chips around my birch trees. When I first saw them this morning, there was a dark brown coating on the tips- to about 1 1/2 inches down the shaft, with flies and bugs all over the brown stuff. The bugs must have cleaned it off because the ends of the growths are now red, with pale pink "bodies". They are about the diameter of my thumb, and average about 5-6" long. Does anyone know what this might be?? THANKS!!!!
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