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Cetonia aurata enjoys a working lunch

Sunday, 16 September, 2012

Jung beetle

On sunny days, between May and September, Cetonia aurata, popularly known as the rose chafer, feeds on flowers, in particular roses (from where it gets its name). The beetle has a metallic green coloration, but can also be gold, bronze, copper, violet, blue/black or grey.

In his book Synchronicity, Swiss psychologist C. G. Jung tells a story, starring a Cetonia aurata, as an example of a synchronic event:

“A young woman I was treating had, at a critical moment, a dream in which she was given a golden scarab. While she was telling me this dream, I sat with my back to the closed window. Suddenly I heard a noise behind me, like a gentle tapping. I turned round and saw a flying insect knocking against the window-pane from the outside. I opened the window and caught the creature in the air as it flew in. It was the nearest analogy to a golden scarab one finds in our latitudes, a scarabaeid beetle, the common rose-chafer (Cetonia aurata), which contrary to its usual habits had evidently felt the urge to get into a dark room at this particular moment. I must admit that nothing like it ever happened to me before or since.”


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