I found an adult beetle!
I really did just remember that only a year ago I did, in fact, take an entomology class. It was probably the most frustratingly disorganized class I ever took in college, and today I’ve retained next to nothing, not even hazy memories of the names of most of the groups of insects into which the class was loosely arranged.
I don’t know what kind of beetle it is…some kind of ground beetle? Of which there are, apparently, 2,000 species in North America? That’s as far as I can go in the ID. If I put my mind to it, I’m sure I could figure out more. For one thing, it’s way too early for any newly-minted adult beetles to be emerging from the ground here, so it must have been an adult last year, so I can narrow it down to beetles with longer lifespans. Unless it’s so unseasonably warm that beetles are emerging early. Uh oh! A wrinkle in the logic. I give up.
90% chance of rain today.