flys seem to be attracted to it.
looks to be some kind of stinkhorn. not pretty.
Here is a link that might be useful: Stinkhorn
Stinkhorn fungi are well cool things! Wish we had ones like that over here!
I don't think "wtf" is welcome language on GW. Despite its apparent relevance to the subject at hand in this case!
Its Latin name is (ahem) Phallus Impudicus.
Also known as a stinkhorn.
Don't ever wish to have these in your yard--they smell like a dead animal, attract flies, and ooze black gunk. An infestation can take away all your enjoyment of your outdoor space. Horrible horrible things. An ongoing battle in my yard, and I live in the desert, believe it or not! They are SO not cool.