Can you detect from the picture below that some little black pouches were sailing through the air trailing sticky threads? When the sticky strings caught my Lilac's branches, the flying objects became tangled around the stems like tether balls.
|Cyathus striatus - a Bird's Nest Fungus|
There are various species of Birds Nest Fungi. The kind that was shooting at my Lilac was Cyathus striatus (see those fruiting bodies in the photos above).
I found a patch of Crucibulum laeve growing in a friend's flower bed pictured below.
Aren't they cute?
Of course, there are other species of Bird's Nest Fungi like the ones pictured below....
....with their splash cups "loaded" and "aimed"....
Who knows where a flying egg might land?