Older Daughter went for a walk in the woods this morning. She came back with an odd looking...stone? Seed? She wasn't sure. The only reason she noticed it was because of the odd coloring - dark gray with a wide light-gray stripe.
We were all looking at this with some interest when suddenly... it moved! And I mean moved!
It started twitching and rotating and even jumping - literally - just like a Mexican jumping bean.
It's only about 3/16 of an inch long, but the silly thing has provided us with endless fascination today.
Unlike a Mexican jumping bean, it doesn't look like seed with a larva inside. That is, the outside doesn't look like a seed - at least, not like any seed I've seen here in Idaho, though God knows I'm no botany expert. If anyone has any clue what this little critter could be, by all means let me know!
UPDATE: I came downstairs a few mornings later to find the plastic container tipped over during the night (presumably by a mouse) and the little thing gone. Nuts. Now we'll never find out what it was.