The world is full of insects, and full of quotes and proverbs in which insects are mentioned. Enjoy!

Stick insect


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'We have rowed well' said the flea as the fishing boat arrives at its mooring.


- what wouldn't he give to strike now, to jinx Dudley so thoroughly he'd have to crawl home like an insect, struck dumb, sprouting feelers -

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
J.K. Rowling

... it brought thousands of dark-grey and black moths, some nearly as big as your hand, flapping and whirring round their ears.

The Hobbit - Chapter 8 - Flies and Spiders
J.R.R. Tolkien
About the effect of lighting watch-fires

... leaving a layer of general debris at the bottom - old quills, desiccated beetle eyes, single socks that no longer fitted.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
J.K. Rowling

... they were a kind of "purple emperor", a butterfly that loves the tops of oak-woods, but these were not purple at all, they were a dark dark velvety black without any markings to be seen.

The Hobbit - Chapter 8 - Flies and Spiders
J.R.R. Tolkien
Bilbo looking at butterflies

Our head could do with filling
With some interesting stuff,
For now they're bare and full of air,
Dead flies and bits of fluff,

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
J.K. Rowling

A beard signifies lice, not brains.

A bee in one's bonnet.

An impulsive, often eccentric turn of mind; a notion.

A bee was never caught in a shower.


A beetle is a beauty in the eyes of his mother.

A bell cricket is kept in its cage because of its song.


A big black bug bit a black dog on his big black nose.

Tongue twister

A bug.

A fault in a machine (computer)

A closed mouth catches no flies.


A cockroach cannot give birth to a butterfly.

A coconut shell full of water is a sea to an ant.


A coconut shell full of water is an ocean to an ant.

A cow that has no tail should not try to chase away flies.


A cunning person's kiss is like that of a mosquito.


A dead bee will make no honey.


A deaf insect hears words in the belly of a bird

A dog in a kennel barks at his fleas; a hunting dog does not feel them.


A dog's fleas are its jewels.


A drop of honey catches more flies than a hogshead of vinegar.

A fig tree with figs turned out to be a ruin with mosquitoes.


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