It's almost 2 inches long. It's the larvae of a giant ground beetle. When I put it back out on the ground it crawled upside down (like it is laying in the photo) and is a digger. It lives underground.
I love shadows. My photos don't show what I see though. This was really pretty. You can see the chimes that are hanging outside.
Finally, the little one was a week old yesterday. He has doubled in size and is now more than a quarter inch long. He is a ravenous eater. I have been worried for the ones that are out in the tree because it has been very cold, windy and rainy the last few days. They seem to be doing ok though! This little one is very spoiled. :) He will never have to worry about a fly or wasp laying eggs in him.