I noticed it again today; it was full size and bright green again.
I brought it in to look it over in the light. It's in full leaf, and the fruiting bodies are standing tall above it. And climbing on a stem was a bright, white spark.
|Sporophytes on red stalks. With the light spots, they look like long-necked, long-beaked birds.|
|A mini-aphid. With the flash, it was pure, burnt-out white; here I am using the flash at 1/16 normal strength, with a diffuser added.|
|It has something clinging to one antenna. The two up-pointing "tails" are little tubes, called siphunuculi. They may help with defense.|
|Heading down into the moss jungle.|
The moss (and aphid) is now outside again. Tomorrow, I'll replant it in the birdbath.