The most important crop circle of all time—or an excellent fake:

Jerry Kroth

This crop circle appeared on August 21, 2005 in Wiltshire, U.K. It pictures a scarab beetle carrying a ball and represents the ancient Egyptian scarab amulet or symbol.


We will look at the symbol in depth, but first, it is necessary to discuss whether this crop circle is the result of human monkey business.

Deception or not?

My research experience into crop circles suggests they can be classified into two categories: ‘human-made’ or ‘possibly of extraterrestrial origin.’ The former are often sophomoric, poorly done, sometimes commercial, sometimes, actually, well executed, but rarely are they of any serious interest.


Here are two examples, one of a human face (left), the other of a radiation-warning symbol, which appeared near an alleged English chemical weapons facility. 1 In both cases, correctly or not, these circles were deemed human in construction.


The second category of circles ‘possibly of extraterrestrial origin,” almost never uses human symbols. They are generally extremely abstract and mercurial like the figure on your right.


Spiral goddess crop circle. Note the small specs are people walking about

The only exception to this rule from my research was the crop circle of a human female called “the spiral goddess.” That was a symbol dating back to early Egypt. This is the only example I ever encountered which I believed was extraterrestrial in origin and which used a human symbol at the same time. 2

Beyond that, it is a safe bet that any crop circle using a human symbol is likely very human in origin. And that was exactly my initial feeling about this scarab circle.

Contacting circlemakers

I interviewed a few circle makers about the scarab, but none were able to identify any people involved. In fact, one researcher said ‘“I have no direct knowledge of any known team having claimed this.” So if I couldn’t prove circlemakers did it. The next question was “what if it was not made by humans?

What kind of interpretation would result??

After all, the circle is extremely well done, not sloppy, as is often the case. There are no noticeable footprints. No evidence of human involvement, tire tracks, broken fences. Admittedly, there are no field reports pointing one way or the other, but the circle appears on undulating fields of wheat and getting the proportionality right under those conditions is daunting. You can view more photos of the fluctuating landscape in the

The question then became “if it wasn’t constructed by human beings, what could it possibly be saying, and why would an alien intelligence resort to the unusual practice of using human symbols from Egypt?” What would be the intent? I decided to stick my neck out and treat it as an extraterrestrial message. So here goes:

The scarab beetle and Egyptian symbolism


The scarab beetle known as Scarabaeus sacer rolls dung into balls. It then rolls the ball into a suitable location and digs an underground chamber where it hides the ball. 3


“It then eats the ball itself, a process that may take several days. When the female is ready to breed she selects especially fine-textured dung to make her breeding ball. . . .she lays single eggs, then seals the cavity and departs to repeat the process elsewhere. The larva feeds on the ball of dung after the egg hatches.” 4

“The Egyptians. . . observed young beetles emerging from the ball of dung, from which they mistakenly inferred that the male beetle was able to reproduce without needing a female, simply by injecting his sperm into the ball of dung. From this they drew parallels with their got Atum who also begat children alone. . . “5


The god Khepri whose face is in the form of the scarab beetle

Later, this symbol became associated with the god Khepri.

“To the ancient Egyptians, S. Sacer was a symbol of Khepri. . . from an analogy between the beetle’s behavior of rolling a ball of dung across the ground and Khepri’s task of rolling the sun across the sky. They accordingly held the species to be sacred.”6

The sacred scarab in Egyptian mythology