The beetle seems to be very easily dissatisfied

TCD MS 10515 folio 94 recto

TCD MS 10515 folio 94 recto

the tunnel.
The beetle seems to be very easily dissatisfied with the progress of its work; it will very frequently desist from its woil, roll away the ball and commence operations elsewhere. Nor do any very strong feelings of attachment bind it to the pellet at this stage of its work, for it it be alarmed or the pellet be removed from it for a short time, the beetle will have no compunction in deserting its property. It shows a wonderful discrimination in constructing its pit to meet the shape of the pellet, excavating from the roof, the floor of the sides as the rotundity of the ball may require. And if the position of the pellet be altered so that it does not fit the hole prepared to recieve it in its previous position, then the beetle has sufficient intelligence