Walking around the yard the other day I came upon this strange gooey substance on my lawn. My first thought was that some small animal had been decomposing on my lawn after being dropped from one of the nearby palm trees by a crow. Then I thought it may be cat barf, but there was too much of it. And I don't have a dog, so ...
I kicked it with my shoe a little.
Searching online a bit, I found that it's called a slime mold (Fuligo septica). AKA dog-vomit mold. A number of (fan)sites are devoted to it!
My molds were all in the later stages of growth, having already somewhat dried and hardened.
Apparently it is harmless to the lawn, but it certainly was a shocking sight. Maybe one more reason to get rid of a water-guzzling lawn?!
Have you ever seen this?