The gorgeous rainbow scarab beetle (Phanaeus vindex) found in the restored Hanover, IL prairie! We collected not only alpha males but also juveniles and females, indicating multiple generations, and therefore a healthy prairie. So happy!
Limestone Heart Scarab Ancient Egypt Ptolemaic, 305-30 BC
Heart scarabs were placed on the throat, chest, or heart of the mummy. Heart scarabs provided the bearer with the assurance that at the final judgment as depicted in the Book of the Dead, the bearer would be found “True of Voice” and accepted into the eternal afterlife by the God Osiris.
This heart scarab shows the face of Bes, dwarf-God believed to guard against evil spirits and misfortune, along with a cartouche with the Sun God Ra holding an Ankh on the top. Five lines of vertical hieroglyphics on the bottom including Anubis, a bird and cartouches.
“The beetle species Popillia japonica is commonly known as the Japanese beetle. It is about 15 millimetres (0.6 in) long and 10 millimetres (0.4 in) wide, with iridescent copper-colored elytra and green thorax and head. It is not very destructive in Japan, where it is controlled by natural predators, but in North America it is a serious pest of about 200 species of plants, including rose bushes, grapes, hops, canna, crape myrtles, birch trees, linden trees and others.
These insects damage plants by skeletonizing the foliage, that is, consuming only the leaf material between the veins, and may also feed on fruit on the plants if present.” Wikipedia (Japanese Beetle) | CC BY-SA 3.0
To watch the divine beauty of you as everything you are meant to be!
And that I will keep, in my heart and in my soul.
And when the time comes that I pass,
When my body is dead and buried beneath the sands in which I found you,
Then I hope to see you one more time.
I hope that you will take me with you, to the lands beyond the sun.
Where we may reside, in the eye of a god.
In the paradise from whence you came.
I’d just like to say that scarabs are one of the most magical things in the natural world to me, and this was probably the most inspiring prompt I’ve ever gotten, just that single word. Thank you, I don’t know how you guessed the perfect prompt for me but you totally did. You’re awesome Watchgreen!
So uh Sam was watching something about dung beetles/scarab beetles right?
The image of the scarab, conveying ideas of transformation, renewal, and resurrection, is ubiquitous in ancient Egyptian religious and funerary art.
Perhaps the most famous example of such “heart scarabs” is the yellow-greenpectoral scarab found among the entombed provisions of Tutankhamen. It was carved from a large piece of Libyan desert glass. The purpose of the “heart scarab” was to ensure that the heart would not bear witness against the deceased at judgement in the Afterlife. Other possibilities are suggested by the “transformation spells” of the Coffin Texts, which affirm that the soul of the deceased may transform (xpr) into a human being, a god, or a bird and reappear in the world of the living.
One scholar comments on other traits of the scarab connected with the theme of death and rebirth:
It may not have gone unnoticed that the pupa, whose wings and legs are encased at this stage of development, is very mummy-like. It has even been pointed out that the egg-bearing ball of dung is created in an underground chamber which is reached by a vertical shaft and horizontal passage curiously reminiscent of Old Kingdom mastaba tombs.“