The Eagle and The Beetle

Beetle begged an Eagle for a favor. Rebuffed, Beetle destroyed Eagle’s eggs no matter where they were laid. Now Beetles sleep while Eagle’s eggs hatch.

The weak may find a way to avenge a wrong.

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Eagle and Beetle

Milo Winter (1919)

A Beetle once begged the Eagle to spare a Hare which had run to her for protection. But the Eagle pounced upon her prey, the sweep of her great wings tumbling the Beetle a dozen feet away. Furious at the disrespect shown her, the Beetle flew to the Eagle’s nest and rolled out the eggs. Not one did she spare. The Eagle’s grief and anger knew no bounds, but who had done the cruel deed she did not know.

Next year the Eagle built her nest far up on a mountain crag; but the Beetle found it and again destroyed the eggs. In despair the Eagle now implored great Jupiter to let her place her eggs in his lap. There none would dare harm them. But the Beetle buzzed about Jupiter’s head, and made him rise to drive her away; and the eggs rolled from his lap.

Now the Beetle told the reason for her action, and Jupiter had to acknowledge the justice of her cause. And they say that ever after, while the Eagle’s eggs lie in the nest in spring, the Beetle still sleeps in the ground. For so Jupiter commanded.


Even the weakest may find means to avenge a wrong.

1001Scarabaeus, Lepus, et Aquila

Lepus, ab aquila cursu pressus, in lustrum scarabaei profugit, rogans ut ab eo servaretur. Scarabaeus autem rogabat aquilam ne occideret supplicem. Illa vero, irata, ala percussit scarabaeum et leporem arreptum devoravit. At scarabaeus cum aquila avolavit ut nidum eius disceret. Ac iam cum eo pervenisset, ova eius devoluta disrupit. Aquila ergo adscendit ad Iovem et in ipsius genibus feturam ovorum posuit, cum Deo ipsa supplicasset ut custodiret. Scarabaeus autem, e stercore pilula facta, ascendit et eam in sinum Iovis demisit. Iuppiter vero, cum surrexisset ut fimum excuteret, ova quoque proiecit. Nolens igitur genus aquilarum rarescere, monuit scarabaeum ut aquilae conciliaretur. Eo autem non parente, Iuppiter in aliud tempus aquilarum transtulit partum, cum scarabaei non appareant.

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