What is it? An alien pod? No. And alien something. It has to be something alien, right? Nope.
This is a Scanning Electron Micrograph (SEM) of a butterfly egg. Specifically, the egg of the Zebra Longwing. The orange coloration of the egg warns predators of its toxicity. The egg contains cyanide and other toxins ingested from the plants they eat and passed on by the adult butterflies to protect their eggs.
The Zebra Longwing happens to be the state butterfly for the state of Florida. I have these flocking by the hundreds in my back yard. The caterpillars devour my native passionflower vines and the adults have a lovely habit of clustering by the dozens in the lower branches of my oak trees. If you step into the shade anywhere in my yard right now, you will be immediately surrounded by long-winged fluttering forms.