The other phenomenon however is that of beetles. These black beetles emerge from the ground on mass. Like most bugs, they are attracted by light and fly towards it. Since the lights are on in the house when it's dark outside, they tend to smack into the window panes; I imagine bullets might sound like this pop, bang, ping. They have a cycle of appearing every two years. Last year, Kevin and I commented on how few there were, almost none at all compared to the previous year. Well, true to the cycle, this year they invaded with a vengeance. Now, these beetles are harmless... they're a bit gross, and a bit of a nuisance for and hour or so each night, but that's the extent of the damage. They started last Saturday and stopped two nights ago, so they don't even last too long.
This year, Kevin decided – to avoid having them bang against the house – we would turn on the light near the carport and see what happens. We would also dim the inside lights way down. We suspected (and hoped) they would be diverted. Oh, boy, were they ever!!
So, here is what one little beetle looks like (they average 30 mm in length), just so you have an idea of what I'm talking about:
We had B&B guests arrive on Thursday night and luckily we did not need any lights to attract the swarm... they had run their course by then.
The fireflies on the other hand, continue to grace us with their sparkle.
Speaking of guests... we hosted a lovely young couple from the Netherlands for two nights. They left a nice review in our guestbook... check it out here. Here's John having just caught his dinner.
Last, but not least... take a look at this baby mutant egg I collected yesterday... we've never seen such a tiny one from our hens before. Nature continues to surprise us.