Okay. I’m stumped: What is this? I bet someone knows.
Found it this morning on the back of a large, dry grass blade. The grass was upright — I bent it over to take the photo.
I’m guessing an insect egg case. But what insect?
It’s hard. Coal black. About 8 mm long (about 0.3 inch), slightly narrower side to side. Rippled surface. A slight “pinch” at one end.