The Eagle and the Beetle – Aesop’s Fable

The Story of the Eagle and the Beetle

“The Eagle and the Beetle” is an Aesop’s fable that reminds us never to underestimate anyone, even if they are smaller and weaker than us.

Illustration: Ron Embleton

Once upon a time, an Eagle had caught a Hare for her meal, and a tiny Beetle begged her to spare the helpless creature. But the Eagle paid no heed and instead dove down with lightning speed to seize her prey, sending the Beetle tumbling several feet away with the sweep of her powerful wings.

Incensed at the Eagle’s thoughtless act, the Beetle sought revenge by flying straight to the Eagle’s nest and toppling out all her precious eggs. The Eagle was beside herself with rage and sorrow, yet she had no clue who had committed the despicable deed.

The following year, the Eagle built her nest high up on a mountain to escape any further harm. However, the Beetle managed to locate the nest once more and ruthlessly destroyed all the eggs yet again. Overcome with despair, the Eagle pleaded with Jupiter to safeguard her eggs by cradling them in his lap. But the Beetle buzzed incessantly around Jupiter’s head, annoying him to the point that he sprang up to drive her away, and the eggs tumbled from his lap.

Finally, the Beetle disclosed the motive behind her actions, and Jupiter had to acknowledge that she had acted justly. Legend has it that since that day, whenever the Eagle’s eggs remain in the nest during spring, the Beetle still slumbers on the ground as instructed by Jupiter.

The Story of the Eagle and the Beetle
– Aesop’s Fable –

The Moral Lesson of the Eagle and the Beetle

The moral lesson of the story “The Eagle and the Beetle” is that even the smallest and weakest creatures can cause harm to those who are powerful and mighty, and that one should not underestimate the power of others or disregard their pleas for mercy.

The story also emphasizes the importance of seeking and understanding the motives behind someone’s actions before reacting with anger and retaliation.

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