Fabulous Scarab

Did you know that the dung beetle also has another name?
The scarab beetle! The scarab beetle is a type of dung beetle that lives in the Mediterranean and central Europe.

But scarab beetles are probably best known from objects and jewellery from the time of the ancient Egyptians.

This is an ancient Egyptian amulet (a small object or piece of jewellery believed to protect the person who holds it). You can see the shape of the dung beetle.

“…In ancient Egyptian religion, the sun god Ra is seen to roll across the sky each day. Dung beetles roll dung into a ball as food and as place in which to lay eggs; this way, the larvae hatch and are immediately surrounded by food. For these reasons the scarab was seen as a symbol of this heavenly cycle and of the idea of rebirth or regeneration…”

Ru and i are loving the bright colours of the Egyptian scarab beetles, and we even found a mysterious scarab beetle game too!

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