It has been very hot in the Ozarks. Every morning I water for an hour all my veggies and the primary flower garden by our driveway and all the farm animals. I do not care about the lawn.We have drought tolerant plants that are struggling in this dry spell. So after fighting a plague of blister beetles on my tomato plants with DE earth, cedar shavings and oil spray I took a break inside. As I look out to find a doe happily nibbling on my newly watered purple phlox. Where is my guard dog and my guard cat? Not on duty, all napping under cars and kennels. This doe ate fallen apples and peaches and sampled a bit of anything she crossed. She was spooked by the curtains and ran off into the woods.
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.