This December marked the graduation of my husbands niece, Laura. She has a Bachelors in Biology from AR Tech in Russellville. We live about 4 hours away from the college and were able to find a farm sitter and plans were made. We got to see this nice small campus and the happy students there. I am happy for her and hope she finds her path in life.
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.