The beetle, or scarabaeus, is a symbol with this ancient people of "eternal duration."
It is an Egyptian scarabaeus, found, if you please, in a pyramid.
To the centre is suspended by a small ring a scarabaeus of solid gold inlaid with lapis lazuli.
That is the reason the scarabaeus has no eyes, so the old ones say.
The scarabaeus, or sacred beetle, was the adornment of rings and necklaces; even the men wore necklaces and rings and chains.
And as much may be said of the larva of scarabaeus pentodon, a fellow-boarder of the Oryctes and the Cetonia.
To be 'of the blood of the scarabaeus,' is merely to be one of that family of which the scarabaeus is the insignium.
scarabaeus lowers his head, arches his back, draws himself up on his twitching legs.
The scarabaeus was the insignium or the 'arms,' of a very distinguished and very rare patrician family.
There are many varieties of beetle, including a number of species representing the scarabaeus of the ancients.