This evening my husband drove his car home from our shop and then ran into the house looking for me. He ran over a snake and needed me to ID good or bad snake. We ran up our gravel driveway and no snake. It moved from the scene of the crime. So we searched around the area and sure enough it was nearby hiding, a large copperhead still very much alive. My husband shot it several times, but it moved away fast up the hill. It struck out at us as we reloaded and finished the deed. This is the 2nd large copperhead we have had to dispatch on our property this week. These are very venomous and large snakes. This time I was wearing my hiking boots to protect my legs.
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.