We are having a very late spring here in the Ozarks. This time I usually have beds done and planted. Everything seems to be taking its time to bloom this spring. Even the bugs are not out yet to feed my chickens. But the grass is green again and growing in our pastures. Soon we can let our horses have some fresh green grass again. We have not had green grass since the beginning of summer last year. The drought was so bad all our plants died.This year I am hoping for more rain and happier plants.
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.