The beetle will soon find its lost treasure

TCD MS 10515 folio 94 verso

TCD MS 10515 folio 94 verso

not to dig in aimlessly but to first return the pellet to the place it occupied before disturbance.
In common with so large a number of insects, scarabs must have an acute sense of smell. As they mould their pellets they seem to scent the air for refuse. I feel sure they recognise the odour, for if the pellet be removed from the entrance of a pit undergoing excavation, the beetle will soon discover the fact and will commence to search for it. If in the act of removal, the pellet be simply drawn over the ground to some little distance away the beetle will soon find its lost treasure by following along the track of the pellet as a dog follows the scent of its quarry. But if the pellet be lifted up and transferred to another spot