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

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.
(unknown author)
Tongue twister

A blind man swallows many a fly.

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.

A flea can trouble a lion more than the lion can harm a flea.

A flea on top of a bald head.

A flea-bitten horse never tires.

A fly can drive away horses.

A fly does not mind dying in coconut cream.

A fly follows honey.

A fly in the ointment.
A detrimental circumstance or detail; a drawback.

A fly is nothing; yet it creates loathsomeness.

A fly may conquer a lion.

A fly on the wall.
A person who watches others without being noticed.

A fly to a fly.
Similar to: Birds of a feather flock together.

A fly will not get into a closed mouth.

A fly, Sir, may sting a stately horse and make him wince; but one is but an insect, and the other is a horse still.
Samuel Johnson

A greasy-haired teenager sat alone in a dark bedroom, pointing his wand at the ceiling, shooting down flies.
J.K. Rowling
Source: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

A hive of bees in May is worth a load of hay.

A kangaroo-sized grasshopper would likely not jump much farther than a kangaroo.
Source: Bugs Rule!: An Introduction to the World of Insects

A louse cannot lift the eiderdown.

A louse in the cabbage is better than no meat at all.

A louse.
A mean or despicable person.

A moth will eat the finest linen.

A person is not a fly.

A professor must have a theory as a dog must have fleas.
H.L. Mencken

A reasonable amount of fleas is good for a dog. They keep him from broodin' on being a dog.

A shut mouth catches no flies.

A single finger cannot catch fleas.

A social butterfly.
A person interested principally in frivolous pleasure.

A spoonful of honey will catch more flies than a gallon of vinegar.
Benjamin Franklin

A termite can do nothing to a stone but lick it.

A wasp stings the crying face.

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