Part of his motivation had been provided by the oil-beetle larvae.
It is with the help of this precious capture that I shall be able to finish the story of the oil-beetle's development.
The English, because of its trick of discharging oily blood when on the defensive, call this insect the oil-beetle.
Under ordinary conditions would the adult oil-beetle have emerged from her cell at this period?
It is a protection, for it both smells and tastes so nasty that no bird will ever attempt to eat an oil-beetle.
It happily consumes those provisions and, in time, an oil-beetle crawls out of the tunnel a mining-bee so laboriously prepared.