One of the not so wonderful aspects of farm life, mice, rats and voles nesting in our cars. A vole decided to place our car Kleenex in a shredded pile under the trunk by the spare tire. We discovered this as we were needing a tool for the car and found the white pile. We had noticed the Kleenex box look mangled earlier. We did not find the vole but think our cat dispatched it last week seen here wounded in the grass near our cars. And in my vintage Volvo wasps have tried making a nest in my door jam and in our mailbox too. Fun never ends out here in nesting season.
I happened to find this huge black beetle pondering across my neighbors basement floor. She almost weighed as much as a full spool of quilting thread and was the size of the palm of my hand. She is a black rain beetle and is a rare find indeed. They take 13 years to mature and both sexes emerge just before rain and fall to mate then burrow underground again. The female does not fly only the male, so that was why she was walking in the basement. She was the neatest bug I have found yet. I set her outside to find a mate in the woods.