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dung beetle:

see scarab beetlescarab beetle
or scarab,
name for members of a large family of heavy-bodied, oval beetles (the Scarabaeidae), with about 30,000 species distributed throughout most of the world and over 1,200 in North America.
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She said the Farming Connect dung-beetle project involved the release of 3,000 of the beetles at Great House Farm and another 3,000 at two other farms at different times of the year.
LIKE a dung-beetle who can't resist dungheaps, I tuned into Big Brother 8, only to realise that some of the contestants hadn't reached the age of 11 when BB1 was aired.
According to The Concise Oxford Dictionary, the scarab beetle is the "Sacred dung-beetle of ancient Egypt" (1010).
His personal inability to communicate, and commune, with other people, even those closest to him such as his sister, lover and friends increases his isolation, and leads him to feel rejected, which is conveyed through a series of metaphors, the most potent of which is the metaphor of the dung-beetle of the desert, forsaken by God and not allowed into the company of the forest dung-beetles, the external social world.
And two of the longer essays fall in the section of the Adages covered by this volume: "A dung-beetle hunting an eagle" (178-214) and "War is a treat for those who have not tried it" (399-440).