I am in eastern North Carolina. The plant/fungus/whatever it is is about 5 inches tall. It is orangey red. It has no leaves or branches. It is hollow. It is slimy looking on the inside and insects, expecially ants seem to like it. It is shaped somewhat like a cone, with the sieds cut out so that you can see through each cutout to the other side. There are four cut outs. Sorry for the terribel description! It also stinks! Is it some kind og mushroom thing? Thanks for any ideas or suggestions as to where to find out what this is.