When beetles went to court, they were assigned a lawyer who argued in their favor. These trials typically had a religious bent, with the beetles being denounced as creations of the devil or a punishment from God. One case that began in 1545 pitted winemakers against weevils, and lasted for several years. The final judgment is unknown—rats or insects appear to have chewed up the page that announces the verdict.
Written by Curiosity Staff August 12, 2015
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