Ozark Encyclopedia – B – Betsy Bug

About – “There seem to be several species of insects called betsey bugs or bessy bugs; one is a big black beetle, nearly two inches long, found in old stumps and rotten wood. People subject to earache some- times keep several of these betsey bugs alive in a glass jar, to be used as needed.” ~Randolph OMF 146

Killed to cure an earache – “Another common treatment for earache is to prick a betsey bug with a pin and put a drop of its blood into the ear.” ~Randolph OMF 145-146

“For an ear-ache, catch a betsy-bug (rhinocerus beetle) from an old rotten log, pull off its head, and pour the insides into the ear of the afflicted person.” ~Parler FBA II 2097


Parler, Mary Celestia Folk Beliefs from Arkansas (FBA)

Randolph, Vance Ozark Magic and Folklore (OMF)

Source: Ozark Encyclopedia – B – Betsy Bug

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