White Scarab Beetle (Cyphochilus insulanus, Melolonthinae, Scarabaeidae)

Scarab beetles in the genus Cyphochilus are so white as to be considered one of the whitest whites that occurs in nature.

The whiteness of its body is caused by a thin layer of a highly reflective natural photonic solid in its scales and has nothing to do with pigment. The secret is in the size of the filaments of which the scales are made and the spacing between the filaments. This structure scatters light in an unusually efficient manner. Unlike colours, which can be created by using highly ordered structures to scatter light, white is created by a random, simultaneous scattering of light.

External image

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese beetles on my Flickr site HERE…..
Witch Bottle

History of the Witch Bottle:

In the early times, Witch Bottles were designed to protect homes against malicious witchcraft. They were commonly made around Samhain to protect the home from evil spirits. The witch bottle was commonly made up of glass, pottery, pins and nails. Sometimes, the maker would include his own urine to link the magick to the home and the family with in it. They were used as far back as the 1600’s! Witch Bottles are said to be of English origin.

Purpose of the Witch Bottle:

The Witch Bottle provides the home with protection from negative entities, the evil eye, or any malevolent spells by sending the negativity back to it’s caster.

How to make one:

Step 1: Find a Glass Bottle or Jar.

Step 2: Decorate the bottle with ribbons, feathers, charms, and crystals that are associated with protection.

Colors that symbolize protection: Black, White, Blue, Red

Charms that symbolize protection: Horseshoes, arrowheads, eye of horus, four leaf clover, snakes, scarab beetle, scorpion, unicorn, pentagram, raven, seal of solomon, Thor’s hammer, celtic knots/crosses, bells, etc.

Crystals for protection: Amber, Agate, Cat’s eye, Carnelian, Garnet, Lapis Lazuli, Malachite, Onyx, Pearls, Quartz, Topaz, Turquoise

Feathers for protection: Black feathers, Blue feathers, White Feathers.

Step 3: Fill it with sharp, rusty, and pointy object. (Handle these objects with gloves and proper care!)

Feel free to add protective herbs as well.

Objects you can put in your witch bottle: Barb wire, mirrors, glass shards, bent and rusty nails, thorns, pins, fish hooks, a tangle of string, salt, needles, razor blades.

Step 4: Add an item that was once a part of yourself and can be used to symbolize yourself.

Such as: Blood or urine which is pretty gross and I definitely would not recommend. Instead add hair, nail clippings, menstrual blood, etc.    

Step 5: Seal the top with black candle wax. You may also say a chant while doing this.

Step 6: Bury it somewhere inside your property or hide it somewhere in your home.  

Your Witch bottle is complete!

May the moon light your path!

==Moonlight Academy==

Some thoughts...

Now that I’ve calmed down a bit, here are my thoughts on the advert:

1. Bitch what the fuck

2. That is Harry playing the piano and those are the opening notes to his debut single.

3. Bitch what the fuck

4. He has not one, but two new tattoos. One looks like some sort of bug (the Scarab beetle concept seems very plausible) and then the very visible R. The R stands for Raconteur and Raconteur will be the title of HS1.

5. Bitch what the fuck

6. In the debut single, we will hear him breathe in like he does in the beginning of If I Could Fly.

7. Bitch what the fuck

8. Not only will we be getting a full-length single on April 7, we will also be getting a 5-6 minute music video.

9. Bitch what the fuck



I have a new enamel pin up for sale in my Etsy shop! It’s a cute little scarab beetle, perfect for clothing, bags, lanyards, or whatever you like! It comes with a lovely black and gold foil backing card and a black rubber clutch. I have a bunch of other stuff in my shop as well, including prints, stickers, and pins. Please check it out! (Corgi not included.)

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Male Elk-horn Scarab (Dicronocephalus wallichi, Cetoniinae, Scarabaeidae) by itchydogimages
Via Flickr:
Pu'er, Yunnan, China see comments for additional view….

Cancer - Baby’s Breath 

Cancer is associated with the mildew milk of the moon casting shadowy illuminations. The gloss of the moon is dusted on her body like lunar body butter, she is so safe in a dwelling where the light is only half switched on. We course deeper and deeper into the Cancer spirit, expecting to extract only darkness. But the deeper we go, the more light that seems to glow. There is a row of piano keys as you caress her memories, there is a lamp that echoes down blackened chambers, there are lunar rabbits hiding, and the sound of crying. Cancer was anciently inscribed as the scarab beetle. The scarab beetle was revered and sacredly recognised as sun, our internal sun, the heart. Cancer reflects the beams of moonlight in preparation of the light of Leo, so the activity in Cancer is illumination at its most pure. She is the esteemed mother, ultimate creative source energy. And she is also the cherished child, because Cancer does not become the mother without a child to nurture. The child within Cancer reminds her of that vulnerable innocence that cannot be destroyed. This child carries a light lantern around her heart that shimmers like the scarab’s sun. The Mother Goddess in Cancer is a formidable figure of biological and spiritual activity, the waters that birth and cradle all life. But there is different sort of light or essence in Cancer, one that the inner child refuses to let go of. It is her intimacy with this internal child, the scarab, that gives her the anointed and sacred mother’s touch. The scarab was anciently regarded as a ‘very tiny cosmos’ as it symbolised entrance into the material universe. This ‘tiny cosmos’ is still active inside Cancer. It’s why she can believe that mermaids exist and immerse herself in make believe. It’s why she can enjoy simple pleasures like colouring in and eating cookie dough. Mother and Child divided and reunited by light itself. 


[artist: mark ryden Art]


Scarab pectoral from the burial of Shoshenq II

The central motif is of a scarab beetle supporting the sun disc, It is flanked by two rearing cobras crowned with the “Hedjet” the white crown of Upper Egypt.

3rd Intermediate Period, 22nd Dynasty, ca. 885 BC, gold, lapis lazuli, green and red faience. height: 7 cm, from Tanis. Now in the Egyptian Museum Cairo.


Pectoral of Tutankhamun of the Rising Sun

The counterpoise of a scarab pectoral from the tomb of Tutankhamun with straps formed from inlaid plaques with uraeus (cobras), scarabs and solar discs.  The pendant is in the form of the scarab beetle holding the sun aloft flanked by two uraeus. Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 61896