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Flaky, delicate material. Reminds us of a snake skin that has been shed
Backyard dark soil
Found while weeding the flower beds
I agree with Doren. This looks like the remnants of a mantis ootheca (egg case). I have moved this to the Arthropods category for you.
Looks much like a Preying Mantis egg case. That is a good sign for your garden.
Spotted on Apr 25, 2016 Submitted on Apr 25, 2016