Ever since we brought home my blue grey double tail goldfish, she has had issues. She is in the back of this photo behind the orange goldfish and gold/silver koi . She ballooned abnormally and was unable to keep level in the tank. She stopped eating and got fatter. Yesterday, she just looked bad and finally she just ceased to function. She was not wasted, but given to my chickens as a tasty winter snack. The ground was too frozen to put her under the ground. Meanwhile, the rest of the school is doing very well in the tank.
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.