On Thursday we wrapped up the family visit in Springfield, MO for lunch and goodbyes. We sent them off with several dozen farm grown eggs and memories. After they left we went to look at what else, farm equipment. Alan saw a huge tractor tire that had been turned into a hay holder. We think the best part of the trip was just relaxing on our deck at sunset watching the fireflies.
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.