On Monday morning I drove down our country road to mail off a package. I saw trees down everywhere. The NOAA radio mentioned strong winds but not this bad. My neighbor almost lost his green house in the severe winds. The local power company drove through and cut and cleared all the downed trees. These trees were strong and healthy hickories.
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.