Insect

All proverbs and quotes about insects and spiders

A collection of proverbs, expressions, quotes, poems, songs, etc. all about insects and spiders.

This is my complete English collection. Click here for a summary of the best ones.

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Ant  |   Bed-bug  |   Bee  |   Beetle  |   Bookworm  |   Bug  |   Butterfly  |   Caterpillar  |   Centipede  |   Chafer  |   Cicada  |   Cockroach  |   Cricket  |   Drone  |   Dung beetle  |   Firefly  |   Flea  |   Fly  |   Fruit fly  |   Glow-worm  |   Gnat  |   Grasshopper  |   Green-fly  |   Hornet  |   Insect  |   Katydid  |   Locust  |   Louse  |   Mantis  |   Mayfly  |   Millipede  |   Mosquito  |   Moth  |   Nit  |   Sand fly  |   Scorpion  |   Silkworm  |   Spider  |   Termite  |   Tick  |   Vinegar fly  |   Wasp  |   Water beetle  |   Water insect  |   Weevil  |   Worm

"The constant creeping of ants will wear away the stone." Fact: Although we love bugs, they are not always good for your house. Cork flooring has a natural waxy substance called Suberin that repels insects.

Ant A coconut shell full of water is a sea to an ant.
Indian   -
Ant A coconut shell full of water is an ocean to an ant.     -
Ant An ant can do more than an ox that is lying down.     -
Ant An ant guarding a mango     Used for a boy who is careful not to let other boys near his girlfriend
Ant An ant hole may collapse an embankment. Japanese   -
Ant An ant is over six feet tall when measured by its own foot-rule. Slovenian   -
Ant An ant may work its heart out, but it can't make money.     -
Ant An ant on the move does more than a dozing ox. Mexican   -
Ant An ant watching over a bunch of mangoes     Worrying about something you will not get any benefit from
Ant An ant's nest could bring down a hill. Japanese   -
Ant Ants can attack with a grain of rice. Madagascar   -
Ant Ants die in sugar. Malawi   -
Ant Ants follow fat.     -
Ant Ants live safely till they have gotten wings.     -
Ant Ants never lend, ants never borrow.     -
Ant Any spoke will lead the ant to the hub.     -
Ant At high tide fish eat ants; at low tide ants eat fish. Thailand   -
Ant Be thine enemy an ant, see in him an elephant. Turkish   -
Ant Better an ant's head than a lion's tail. Maltese   -
Ant Better to be an ant's head than a lion's tail. Armenian - -
Ant Caution is not cowardice; even the ants march armed. Ugandan   -
Ant Don't even step on an ant. Greek   -
Ant Even an ant can hurt an elephant. Proverb   -
Ant Even the ant has his bite. Turkish   -
Ant Even the sharpest ear cannot hear an ant singing. Sudanese   -
Ant Even the wishes of a small ant reach heaven. Japanese   -
Ant Every ruler sleeps on an anthill. Afghani   -
Ant For an ant to have wings would be his undoing. Iranian   -
Ant Go to the ant thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.   Bible: Proverbs 6:6 -
Ant Go to the ant you sluggard   Bible: Proverbs 6:6 A warning against laziness.
Ant He who cannot pick up an ant, and wants to pick up an elephant will some day see his folly. African   -
Ant He who runs from the white ant may stumble upon the stinging ant. Nigeria   -
Ant He who storms in like a whirlwind returns like an ant. Borneo   -
Ant If they are offered winged ants, people will eat them. African - -
Ant In a battle between elephants, the ants get squashed Thailand   -
Ant In an ant colony dew is a flood. Afghan   -
Ant In every enemy that is an ant, behold an elephant. Turkish   -
Ant Many ants kill a camel. Turkish   -
Ant None preaches better than the ant, and she says nothing.     -
Ant She's got ants in her pants     A state of restless impatience.
Ant Stir up an ant's nest.     -
Ant The ambitious one makes friends with the elephant, then tramples upon the ant. Indian   -
Ant The constant creeping of ants will wear away the stone.     -
Ant The eyeless ant asked God: Give me eye-lashes. Georgian   -
Ant The little ant at its hole is full of courage. African   -
Ant The tiny ant dares to enter the lion's ear. Armenian   -
Ant The world flatters the elephant and tramples on the ant. Indian   -
Ant Though your enemy is the size of an ant, look upon him as an elephant. Danish   -
Ant To the ant, a few drops of dew is a flood. Iranian   -
Ant When an ant gets wings, it loses its head. Bosnian   -
Ant When the ant grows wings it is about to die. Arabic   -
Ant When the water rises the fish eat the ants, when the water falls the ants eat the fish     -
Ant Where the sugar is, there will the ant be also. Philippines   -
Ant Where there is sugar, there are bound to be ants. Malay   -
Ant An elephant may be big, but it falls on its face more often than an ant.      
Ant In watching for the ant, you let the elephant pass unnoticed (Proverb used in India)    
Ant "Semut diseberang lautan terlihat, gajah didepan mata tidak" - An ant across the ocean is seen, but not the elephant nearby Malay / Indonesian   This is a  proverb for a person who sees faults in others while not seeing obvious faults in themselves
Bed-bug Ticks, bedbugs and a crying child are insupportable. Lebanese   -
Bed-bug You can't have more bed-bugs than a blanket-full. Spanish   -
Bee A bee in (one's) bonnet     An impulsive, often eccentric turn of mind; a notion.
Bee A bee was never caught in a shower. English   -
Bee A dead bee will make no honey.
English   -
Bee A hive of bees in May is worth a load of hay.     -
Bee As busy as a bee.     -
Bee Bees do not become hornets. French   -
Bee Bees that have honey in their mouths have stings in their tails. English   -
Bee Better a handful of bees than a basket full of flies. Moroccan   -
Bee Better have one bee than a host of flies. Italian   -
Bee Bless the flowers and the weeds, my birds and bees.     -
Bee Boys avoid the bees that stung'em. English   -
Bee Busy as a bee.     Very busy.
Bee Every bee's honey is sweet. English   -
Bee From the same flower the bee extracts honey and the wasp gall.     -
Bee He who would gather honey must bear the sting of the bees.     -
Bee He's like the master bee that leads forth the swarm. English   -
Bee If a bee didn't have a sting, she couldn't keep her honey.     -
Bee If a bee stings you once, it's the bee's fault; if a bee stings you twice, it's your own damn fault.     -
Bee If you let the bee be, the bee will let you be.     -
Bee In that day the LORD will whistle for flies from the distant streams of Egypt and for bees from the land of Assyria.   Bible: Isaiah 7:18 -
Bee Its the roving bee that gathers honey.     -
Bee No bees, no honey; no work, no money.     -
Bee Old bees yield no honey.     -
Bee One bee is as good as a handful of flies. German   -
Bee One bee is better than a thousand flies. Spanish   -
Bee She thinks she’s the bee’s knees     She has a very high opinion of herself.
Bee Sweet as honey.     -
Bee The bee stays not in a hive that has no honey. Turkish   -
Bee The bee that makes the honey doesn't stand around the hive, and the man who makes the money has to worry, work, and strive.     -
Bee The bee works all summer and eats honey all winter.     -
Bee The bee’s knees     An excellent or the best person or thing.
Bee The bees make honey but cannot eat it; the sea-swallows build nests but cannot live in them. Vietnamese   -
Bee The buzzing of the flies does not turn them into bees. Georgian   -
Bee The drone bee dies soon after the wedding night.     -
Bee The three most difficult to understand; the mind of a woman, the labor of the bees and the ebb and flow of the tide.     -
Bee The wise bee does not sip from a flower that has fallen. China   -
Bee When bees are old they yield no honey. English   -
Bee When the bee sucks, it makes honey; when the spider, poison.     -
Bee Where bees are there is honey. English   -
Bee Where there are bees, there is honey.     -
Bee While honey lies in every flower, it takes a bee to get the honey out.     -
Beetle A beetle is a beauty in the eyes of his mother. Proverb   -
Beetle Beetle away     Move away quickly
Beetle Beetle brain     Not too clever

See: Brainless

Beetle Crime leaves a trail like a water beetle; like a snail, it leaves its silver track; like a horse-mango, it leaves its smell. Malawi   -
Beetle Every beetle is a gazelle in the eyes of its mother. Moroccan   -
Beetle However much the beetle is afraid it will not stop the lizard swallowing it. African   -
Beetle In his own nest a beetle is a sultan. Egyptian   -
Beetle In the steppe even a beetle is meat. Russian   -
Beetle O'er folded blooms On swirls of musk, The beetle booms adown the glooms And bumps along the dusk.   James Whitcomb Riley -
Beetle One beetle knows another. Irish   -
Beetle One beetle recognizes another. Irish   -
Beetle The beetle is a beauty in the eyes of its mother. Arabian, Egyptian   -
Beetle The beetle is a bride in the arms of its mother. Arabian   -
Beetle The dung beetle, seeing its child on the wall, thinks it sees a pearl on a thread. Arabic   -
Beetle When a blind beetle crawls over the surface of the globe, he doesn't realize that the track he has covered is curved. I was lucky enough to have spotted it.   Albert Einstein -
Beetle When they started to shoe the Sultan's horse, the beetle stretched out its leg. Arabic   -
Beetle Without guilt / What is a man? An animal, isn't he? / A wolf forgiven at his meat, / A beetle innocent in his copulation.   Archibald MacLeish -
Beetle Do you dare to die? The sense of death is most in apprehension, and the poor beetle that we tread upon feels a pang as great as when a giant dies.   William Shakespeare -
Beetle Whenever I hear of the capture of rare beetles, I feel like an old war-horse at the sound of a trumpet.   Charles Darwin -
Bookworm Bookworm     A person who is very fond of reading
Bug A bug     A fault in a machine (computer)
Bug As snug as a bug in a rug.     Very snug. Warm and comfortable.
Bug Bug-eyed     With eyes that stick out (e.g. bug-eyed with fright)
Bug Bug-hunter     Entomologist
Bug Bugs are bugs whether they bite or not.     -
Bug Bugs are not going to inherit the earth. They own it now. So we might as well make peace with the landlord.   T. Eisner -
Bug Literature and butterflies are the two sweetest passions known to man.   Vladimir Nabokov -
Bug Put a bug in (someone's) ear.     To impart useful information to (another) in a subtle, discreet way.
Bug The best way to put an end to the bugs is to set fire to the bed. Mexican   -
Bug To bug (1)     To bother, to say something more than once as a reminder and thereby annoy the listener
Bug To bug (2)     To fit a room or telephone with a hidden microphone. To listen secretly to a conversation
Bug You can't have more bed-bugs than a blanket-full. Spanish   -
Bug Big black bugs bleed blue black blood but baby black bugs bleed blue blood     Tongue Twister
Bug A big black bug bit a black dog on his big black nose     Tongue twister
Butterfly A social butterfly     A person interested principally in frivolous pleasure
Butterfly Butterflies come to pretty flowers. Korean   -
Butterfly Butterflies forget that they were once caterpillars.
Swedish   -
Butterfly Butterflies store no money.     -
Butterfly Happiness is a butterfly.     -
Butterfly Have butterflies in one’s stomach     To have a nervous feeling in one’s stomach. Being in love.
Butterfly Proverbs are like butterflies, some are caught, some fly away     -
Butterfly Take not a musket and kill a butterfly.     -
Butterfly The butterfly often forgets it once was a caterpillar. Swedish   -
Butterfly The butterfly that flies among the thorns will tear its wings. African   -
Butterfly The butterfly that settles on a branch is afraid that he will break it. Armenian   -
Butterfly The great Taoist master Chuang Tzu once dreamt that he was a butterfly fluttering here and there. In the dream he had no awareness of his individuality as a person. He was only a butterfly.Suddenly, he awoke and found himself laying there, a person once again. But then he thought to himself, 'Was I before a man who dreamt about being a butterfly, or am I now a butterfly who dreams about being a man?'   Chuang Tzu -
Butterfly You are like the butterfly that flies from flower to flower.     -
Butterfly My pleasures are the most intense known to man: writing and butterfly hunting.   Vladimir Nabokov -
Butterfly Love is like a butterfly, hold it to tight it will crush, hold it to loose, it will fly.      
Butterfly You just sit there like a butterfly
And you're all encased in glass
You're so fragile you just may break
And you don't know who to ask
  Van Morrison -
Butterfly Flies like a butterfly,  stings like a bee.     Mohammad Ali: boxer
Butterfly We will all laugh at gilded butterflies   Shakespeare  
Caterpillar Butterflies forget that they were once caterpillars. Swedish   -
Caterpillar If only I were a bird! Ah, but eating caterpillars? Palestinian   -
Caterpillar The butterfly often forgets it once was a caterpillar. Swedish   -
Caterpillar The Little Green Caterpillar

A little green caterpillar sat on a leaf
  Thinking: "My tummy’s beginning to rumble.
My mother has told me to eat up my leaves,
  But I’d far rather eat apple crumble."

The fat little caterpillar looked at the sky
  And thought "Why is the sky very blue?" -
And "How do I get to see more of this world?
  My goodness - just what must I do?"

A butterfly flew down to the leaf next to him
  And noticed he'd started to cry.
"Now just hurry up and get on with your greens -
  Then soon you'll be able to fly.”

"But my world is so boring with nothing to do
  Except eating my greens every day.
I want so very much to be lovely like you,
  And go into the world and just play."

Then suddenly his green coat started to split
  And he stepped into the warm summer sun.
"You're a butterfly now - your dreams have come true;
  So it's your turn to fly and have fun."

  Poems about insects by Josie Whitehead  
Centipede A centipede though dead will not fall Japanese   -
Centipede Don't turn over the rubbish to look for a centipede     -
Centipede Though the centipede has one of its legs broken, this does not affect its movement. Burmese   -
Chafer One chafer knows another. Irish   -
Cicada Unlike the singing cicadas, the silent fireflies burn themselves. Japanese   -
Cockroach Fowls will not spare a cockroach that falls in their midst. Nigeria   -
Cockroach If chickens were judges, cockroaches would be sentenced. Jamaican   -
Cockroach In a court of fowls, the cockroach never wins his case. Rwandan   -
Cricket A bell cricket is kept in its cage because of its song. Japanese   -
Cricket All flying insects that walk on all fours are to be detestable to you. There are, however, some winged creatures that walk on all fours that you may eat: those that have jointed legs for hopping on the ground.Of these you may eat any kind of locust, katydid, cricket or grasshopper. But all other winged creatures that have four legs you are to detest.   Bible: Leviticus 11 -
Cricket It is not summer until the crickets sing. Greek   -
Cricket The cricket cries, the year changes. Cameroonian   -
Cricket Until the crickets sing it is not summer Greek   -
Cricket You can catch a cricket in your hand but its song is all over the field. Madagascar   -
Cricket You don't teach a cricket to jump     -
Cricket To have a cricket on the hearth, is the luckiest thing in all the world!   Charles Dickens  
Drone The drone bee dies soon after the wedding night.     -
Dung beetle The dung beetle, seeing its child on the wall, thinks it sees a pearl on a thread. Arabic   -
Firefly Fireflies shine only when in motion.     -
Firefly The light of the firefly is sufficient for itself only.     -
Firefly The man who has been beaten by a firebrand runs away at the sight of a firefly.     -
Firefly Unlike the singing cicadas, the silent fireflies burn themselves. Japanese   -
Flea A dog in a kennel barks at his fleas -- a hunting dog does not feel them. China   -
Flea A dog’s fleas are its jewels. Malta   -
Flea A flea can trouble a lion more than the lion can harm a flea. Kenya   -
Flea A flea on top of a bald head. China   -
Flea A flea-bitten horse never tires.     -
Flea A reasonable amount of fleas is good for a dog. They keep him from broodin' on being a dog.     -
Flea A single finger cannot catch fleas. Haitian   -
Flea Ambition and fleas jump high. German   -
Flea An elephant does not feel a flea bite. English   -
Flea An Englishman will burn his bed to catch a flea. Turkish   -
Flea Better the wolves eat us than the fleas.     -
Flea Do not flay a flea for hide and tallow.     -
Flea Don't look for fleas on others to get them on your own head     Mind your own business
Flea Don't strike a flea on a tiger's head. China   -
Flea Don't throw your blanket in the fire just because it has one flea in it. Romanian   -
Flea Dust does not rise because a dog-flea hops. Myanmar   -
Flea Even a flea can bite.     -
Flea Even good dogs have fleas. Russian   -
Flea Even the lion has to defend himself against flies. German   -
Flea Fleabag     A seedy, run-down hotel or other lodging place
Flea Flea-bite     Small inconvenience
Flea Flea-bitten     Seedy, dilapidated
Flea Flea-market     Open-air market selling cheap and second-hand goods
Flea Fleapit     A cheap, squalid theater
Flea Have patience, fleas, the night is long! Nicaragua   -
Flea He avenged himself on fleas, and burned up his bed. Yiddish   -
Flea If a flea had money, it would buy its own dog. Jamaican   -
Flea If you lie down with dogs, you'll get up with fleas.     -
Flea In a garment made of silk there are no fleas. Estonian   -
Flea It is easier to guard a bushel of fleas than a woman. German   -
Flea It is easier to guard a sack full of fleas than a girl in love. Jewish   -
Flea It is easier to watch over one hundred fleas than one young girl. Polish   -
Flea It's not the fleas of the dog that make the cat meow. China   -
Flea Money begets money, and fleas beget fleas. Malta   -
Flea Nothing in haste but catching fleas. Dutch   -
Flea Nothing should be done in haste but gripping a flea. German   -
Flea Nothing should be done in a hurry except catching fleas      
Flea Only fleas are to be caught quickly. Russian   -
Flea Temple dogs are always looking for a place with no fleas, not realising they are carrying them with them as they go     -
Flea The brave flea dares to eat his breakfast on the lip of a lion.     -
Flea The death throes of an elephant are not so annoying as a living flea. Zanzibar   -
Flea The dog in the doghouse barks at his fleas, the dog that hunts does not feel them.     -
Flea The earth does not shake when the flea coughs. Austrian   -
Flea The fatter the flea, the leaner the dog. German   -
Flea The lean dog is all fleas.     -
Flea The loudest bark rids not a dog of his fleas.     -
Flea The more hair a dog has, the more fleas he will have. Netherlands Antillean   -
Flea The skinnier the dog, the more fleas he has. German   -
Flea Those who sleep with dogs gets up with fleas. American   -
Flea Those who sleep with dogs will rise with fleas. Italian   -
Flea 'We have rowed well' said the flea as the fishing boat arrives at its mooring. Latvian   -
Flea Where there are dogs there are fleas     Where there is smoke there is fire
Flea Who does not think that his fleas are gazelles? Arabic   -
Flea Who play wid de puppy get bit wid de fleas. British Guiana   -
Flea With a flea in one's ear     With severe and clearly expressed anger and disapproval from somebody; With an annoying hint or a stinging rebuke
Flea You can only know the fleas in the bed you have slept in. African   -
Flea Dogs have fleas in order to keep them from thinking about being dogs      
Flea Big fleas have little fleas
Upon their back to bite 'em
And little fleas have lesser fleas
And so ad infinitum.
     
Fly A closed mouth catches no flies. French   -
Fly A cow that has no tail should not try to chase away flies. Guinean   -
Fly A drop of honey catches more flies than a hogshead of vinegar. Proverb   -
Fly A fly can drive away horses. Greece   -
Fly A fly does not mind dying in coconut cream. Africa, Swahili   -
Fly A fly follows honey.     -
Fly A fly in the ointment     A detrimental circumstance or detail; a drawback
Fly A fly is nothing; yet it creates loathsomeness. Egypt   -
Fly A fly may conquer a lion.     -
Fly A fly on the wall     A person who watches others without being noticed
Fly A fly to a fly.     -
Fly A fly will not get into a closed mouth. Moroccan   -
Fly A person is not a fly.     -
Fly A shut mouth catches no flies.     -
Fly A spoonful of honey will catch more flies than a gallon of vinegar.   Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) -
Fly An eagle does not catch flies. Proverb   -
Fly And the LORD did this. Dense swarms of flies poured into Pharaoh's palace and into the houses of his officials, and throughout Egypt the land was ruined by the flies.   Bible: Exodus 8:24 -
Fly and the LORD did what Moses asked: The flies left Pharaoh and his officials and his people; not a fly remained.   Bible: Exodus 8:31 -
Fly As dead flies give perfume a bad smell, so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor.   Bible: Ecclesiastes 10:1 -
Fly Better a handful of bees than a basket full of flies. Moroccan   -
Fly Better have one bee than a host of flies. Italian   -
Fly Big flies break the spider web. Italian   -
Fly But on that day I will deal differently with the land of Goshen, where my people live; no swarms of flies will be there, so that you will know that I, the LORD, am in this land.   Bible: Exodus 8:22 -
Fly Can't kill flies with a spear.     -
Fly Die like flies     To die in very large numbers
Fly Do not compare a fly with an elephant. Greek   -
Fly Do not draw your sword to kill a fly. Korean   -
Fly Do not make an elephant out of a fly. Russian   -
Fly Do not remove a fly from your friend's forehead with a hatchet. China   -
Fly Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from your friend's forehead. China   -
Fly Do what we can, summer will have its flies.     -
Fly Dying flies spoil the sweetness of the ointment.     -
Fly Eagles don't catch flies.     -
Fly Even a fly has its anger. Italian   -
Fly Even a fly has its spleen. English   -
Fly Even a lion must defend himself against the flies.     -
Fly Even flies have ears. Tanzanian   -
Fly Even if a chef cooks just a fly, he would keep the breast for himself. Polish   -
Fly Every fly has its shadow. Portuguese   -
Fly Fine fruit will have flies about it. New England   -
Fly Flies and priests can enter any house. Russian   -
Fly Flies are caught more readily with a single drop of honey than with a cask of vinegar. Turkish   -
Fly Flies come to feasts unasked. English   -
Fly Flies do not swarm on a new pot. India, Tamil   -
Fly Flies flock to the lean horse. Italian   -
Fly Flies go to lean horses. English   -
Fly Flies hunt lean horses.     -
Fly Flies know well the sweet seller's beard. Lebanese   -
Fly Flies never bother a boiling pot.     -
Fly Flies swarm where there is honey. India, Tamil   -
Fly Flies will easily fly into the honey -- their problem is how to get out. Iranian   -
Fly Flies will never leave the shop of a sweet-maker. Iranian   -
Fly Flies will not land on a boiling pot.     -
Fly Flies will tickle lions being dead. English   -
Fly Foul-smelling objects swarm with flies. Japanese   -
Fly Haste is good only for catching flies. Russian   -
Fly He does not harm a fly     He is kind and gentle
Fly He sent swarms of flies that devoured them, and frogs that devastated them.   Bible: Psalm 78:45 -
Fly He spoke, and there came swarms of flies, and gnats throughout their country.   Bible: Psalm 105:31 -
Fly Hungry flies bite sore     -
Fly Hungry flies bite sore. English   -
Fly If you are looking for a fly in your food it means that you are full. South African   -
Fly If you do not let my people go, I will send swarms of flies on you and your officials, on your people and into your houses. The houses of the Egyptians will be full of flies, and even the ground where they are.   Bible: Exodus 8:21 -
Fly In that day the LORD will whistle for flies from the distant streams of Egypt and for bees from the land of Assyria.   Bible: Isaiah 7:18 -
Fly In times of emergency the devil eats flies. German   -
Fly Into a closed mouth no fly will enter. Moroccan   -
Fly Into a shut mouth flies fly not.     -
Fly It's easier to catch flies with honey than with vinegar     -
Fly Laws are like cobwebs where the small flies are caught and the big ones break through.     -
Fly Laws catch flies but let hornets go. English   -
Fly Laws catch flies, but let hornets go free. Scottish   -
Fly Laws, like the spider's web, catch the fly and let the hawk go free. Spanish   -
Fly Let every one keep off the flies with his own tail. Italian   -
Fly Lift up your eyes to the heavens, look at the earth beneath; the heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment and its inhabitants die like flies. But my salvation will last forever, my righteousness will never fail.   Bible: Isaiah 51:6 -
Fly Like flies on shit.     -
Fly Make yourself all honey and the flies will devour you. English   -
Fly More courtship lives in carrion flies than Romeo   William Shakespeare. Romeo & Juliet -
Fly More flies are caught with a drop of honey than a barrel of vinegar. Danish   -
Fly More flies are caught with a spoonful of syrup than a cask of vinegar. Dutch   -
Fly More flies are caught with a spoonful of syrup than with a barrel full of vinegar. Dutch   -
Fly More flies are caught with honey than with vinegar. French   -
Fly Moses answered, 'As soon as I leave you, I will pray to the LORD, and tomorrow the flies will leave Pharaoh and his officials and his people.Only be sure that Pharaoh does not act deceitfully again by not letting the people go to offer sacrifices to the LORD.'   Bible: Exodus 8:29 -
Fly No flies get into a shut mouth. Spanish   -
Fly No flies land on a boiling pot. Spanish   -
Fly No fly dares to get near a boiling kettle. Mexican   -
Fly One bee is as good as a handful of flies. German   -
Fly One bee is better than a thousand flies. Spanish   -
Fly One catches more flies with a spoonful of honey than with twenty casks of vinegar. French   -
Fly One dead fly spoils much good ointment. New England   -
Fly People seek out big shots as flies seek out the elephant's tail. Indonesian   -
Fly The biting fly gets nothing by alighting on the back of the tortoise. African   -
Fly The biting fly has no one to come to his aid in trouble. African   -
Fly The busy fly is in every man's dish. Spanish   -
Fly The buzzing of the flies does not turn them into bees. Georgian   -
Fly The eagle does not catch flies. Romanian   -
Fly The eagle does not feed on flies. Turkish   -
Fly The flight of the eagle will not stop that of the sand fly. African   -
Fly The fly does not kill, but it does spoil. Hebrew   -
Fly The fly flutters around the candle till at last it gets burnt. Dutch   -
Fly The fly flutters around the candle till it gets burnt. Dutch   -
Fly The fly has no pity for the thin man. Congolese   -
Fly The fly heeds not death; eating is all to him. African   -
Fly The fly on the back of a water buffalo thinks that it's taller than the buffalo. Filipino   -
Fly The fly sat upon the axle of the chariot-wheel and said: 'What a lot of dust I raise!' Greek   -
Fly The fly that bites the tortoise breaks its beak. Italian   -
Fly The fly that stands on the carabao's (water buffalo) back thinks that it is taller than the carabao. Philippines   -
Fly The idiot who has his eye on your wife is like a blood sucking fly. Egyptian   -
Fly The most fragrant of flowers are eaten by the green-fly. Malawi   -
Fly The spider and the fly can't make a deal. Jamaican   -
Fly The spiders web lets the rat escape and catches the fly. Spanish   -
Fly There are no flies on him     He is not a fool, he cannot be tricked
Fly They are flies that are born of a wasp. Indonesian   -
Fly Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana.   Groucho Markx -
Fly To a boiling pot flies come not. English   -
Fly To be as small as a vinegar fly and want to shit like an elephant     Too big for your boots
Fly When a fly does not get up off a dead body, he is buried with it. African   -
Fly Where there is butter there are flies. Polish   -
Fly With honey you can catch more flies than with vinegar. Yiddish   -
Fly You can catch more flies with honey than vinegar.     -
Fly You can catch more flies with molasses than vinegar.     -
Fly You must lose a fly to catch a trout. English   -
Fly God in his wisdom
Made the fly
And then forgot
To tell us why
  Ogden Nash  
Fly When I have spun the web they may take the flies, but not before.   Sherlock Holmes In: The Five Orange Pips
Fruit fly Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana.   Groucho Markx -
Glow-worm A man once struck with a firebrand runs away on seeing a glowworm. Bengalese   -
Glow-worm As day breaks, the glowworms say: 'We've lit up the world!' Indian   -
Glow-worm Glowworms are not lanterns. French   -
Glow-worm If the timid sees a glowworm he shouts: 'Fire!' Armenian   -
Glow-worm It is foolish to show glowworms by candle light. Italian   -
Glow-worm We are all worms, but I do believe that I am a glow-worm.   Winston Churchill -
Gnat He spoke, and there came swarms of flies, and gnats throughout their country.   Bible: Psalm 105:31 -
Gnat Human knowledge will be erased from the world's archives before we possess the last word that a gnat has to say to us.   Henri Fabre -
Grasshopper All flying insects that walk on all fours are to be detestable to you. There are, however, some winged creatures that walk on all fours that you may eat: those that have jointed legs for hopping on the ground.Of these you may eat any kind of locust, katydid, cricket or grasshopper. But all other winged creatures that have four legs you are to detest.   Bible: Leviticus 11 -
Grasshopper Different fields, different grasshoppers; different seas, different fish. Indonesian   -
Grasshopper If the hill is on fire the grasshoppers are roasted. Madagascar   -
Grasshopper Knee-high to a grasshopper     A very small child
Grasshopper One can't give a grasshopper to a child if one has not caught it yet. Madagascar   -
Grasshopper Riding an elephant to catch grasshoppers     Using a sledge hammer to crack a nut
Grasshopper Most Internet users seem to have the attention span of grasshoppers   Stephen King  
Green-fly The most fragrant of flowers are eaten by the green-fly. Malawi   -
Hornet Bees do not become hornets. French   -
Hornet Laws catch flies but let hornets go. English   -
Hornet Laws catch flies, but let hornets go free. Scottish   -
Insect All flying insects that swarm are unclean to you; do not eat them.   Bible: Deuteronomy 14 -
Insect All flying insects that walk on all fours are to be detestable to you. There are, however, some winged creatures that walk on all fours that you may eat: those that have jointed legs for hopping on the ground.Of these you may eat any kind of locust, katydid, cricket or grasshopper. But all other winged creatures that have four legs you are to detest.   Bible: Leviticus 11 -
Insect Even a one-inch insect has a five tenths of a soul. Japanese   -
Insect He's an insect     An insignificant or contemptible person.
Insect I always felt that insects are the general rule, and everything else is a special case.   Paul Bystrak -
Insect Kill a small insect to let live a big one. Japanese   -
Insect One tiny insect may be enough to destroy a country. Ancient Arabic   -
Insect The big fish eat the little fish, the little fish eat the water-insects, and the water-insects eat the weeds and mud. China   -
Insect The hinge of a door is never crowded with insects. China   -
Insect The smallest insect may cause death by its bite.     -
Insect The summer insect cannot talk of ice; the frog in the well cannot talk of heaven. China   -
Insect The summer insect knows not ice. Japanese   -
Insect To a rough approximation and setting aside vertebrate chauvinism, it can be said that essentially all organisms are insects.   R.M. May -
Insect The mortal enemies of man are not his fellows of another continent or race; they are the aspects of the physical world which limit or challenge his control, the disease germs that attack him and his domesticated plants and animals, and the insects that carry many of these germs as well as working notable direct injury. This is not the age of man, however great his superiority in size and intelligence; it is literally the age of insects.   W.C. Allee  
Insect These sprays, dusts, and aerosols are now applied almost universally to farms, gardens, forests, and homes — nonselective chemicals that have the power to kill every insect, the "good" and the "bad," to still the song of birds and the leaping of fish in the streams, to coat the leaves with a deadly film, and to linger on in soil — all this though the intended target may be only a few weeds or insects. Can anyone believe it is possible to lay down such a barrage of poisons on the surface of the earth without making it unfit for all life? They should not be called "insecticides," but "biocides."   Rachel Carson (in "Silent Spring")  
Insect Insects do not nest in a busy door-hinge.      
Insect Around a flowering tree, there are many insects.      
Insect Even a one-inch insect has a half-inch soul.      
Insec It's not the monkey on top that make a tree fall but it's the work and effort of numerous small insects and ants.      
Insect The insect that eats the leaf is under the leaf.      
Katydid All flying insects that walk on all fours are to be detestable to you. There are, however, some winged creatures that walk on all fours that you may eat: those that have jointed legs for hopping on the ground.Of these you may eat any kind of locust, katydid, cricket or grasshopper. But all other winged creatures that have four legs you are to detest.   Bible: Leviticus 11 -
Locust All flying insects that walk on all fours are to be detestable to you. There are, however, some winged creatures that walk on all fours that you may eat: those that have jointed legs for hopping on the ground.Of these you may eat any kind of locust, katydid, cricket or grasshopper. But all other winged creatures that have four legs you are to detest.   Bible: Leviticus 11 -
Locust And a locust unto Mahomet said: 'We are the army of the great God; we produce ninety-nine eggs; if the hundred were completed, we should consume the whole earth and all that is in it.' Arab legend   -
Locust Don't try to get blood from a locust; God didn't put it in there. African   -
Locust The locust flies with the wings of a falcon. Saudi Arabian   -
Locust The locust lives only a little while, but it does great damage. Rumanian   -
Locust The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands.   Bible: Proverbs 30:27 -
Locust The mantis seizes the locust but does not see the yellow bird behind him. China   -
Locust When the mantis hunts the locust, he forgets the shrike that's hunting him. China   -
Louse A louse cannot lift the eiderdown. China   -
Louse A louse in the cabbage is better than no meat at all. Proverb   -
Louse Active people never have louse bites. China   -
Louse Don't draw a sword against a louse. China   -
Louse He can see a louse as far away as China but is not aware of an elephant on his nose. Malawi   -
Louse In every little house there is a little louse. Polish   -
Louse Louse     A mean or despicable person.
Louse Lousy     Nasty, unpleasant, inferior, worthless, bad
Louse Lousy with money     Abundantly supplied with money
Louse One finger alone cannot even kill a louse. Kenyan   -
Louse One thumb alone does not kill a louse. Palestinian   -
Louse To louse something up     To spoil or ruin something
Mantis The mantis seizes the locust but does not see the yellow bird behind him. China   -
Mantis When the mantis hunts the locust, he forgets the shrike that's hunting him. China   -
Mayfly Ye May-flies, enjoy your brief existence in the bright morning of life!   Charles Dickens (in: David Copperfield)  
Millipede We keep an eye on the scorpion and the serpent, but we do not watch out for the millipede. Sicilian   -
Mosquito A cunning person's kiss is like that of a mosquito. Rumanian   -
Mosquito A fig tree with figs turned out to be a ruin with mosquitoes. Moroccan   -
Mosquito As different as an elephant and a mosquito     -
Mosquito Do not be like the mosquito that bites the owner of the house. Malawi   -
Mosquito He can swallow a camel but chokes on a mosquito. Lebanese   -
Mosquito In heaven you won't hear the mosquitoes. Finnish   -
Mosquito The mosquito is more dangerous than the tiger     -
Mosquito The mosquito is small -- but when he sings, your ears are full of him. Mauritius   -
Mosquito The mosquito is without a soul, but its whizzing vexes the soul. Turkish   -
Mosquito Their mosquito won't bite me. Proverb from Cote d'Ivoire   -
Mosquito When mosquitoes work, they bite and then they sing. Malian   -
Moth A moth will eat the finest linen. Indonesian   -
Moth He dreads a moth who has been stung by a wasp. Albanian   -
Moth Moth-eaten     Old-fashioned ; out of date (e.g. moth-eaten ideas)
Moth The moth does most mischief to the finest garment. Italian   -
Moth When the moth flies around the flame, it burns itself to death. China   -
Nit Don't be such a nit-picker!     Nitpicking = giving too much attention to unimportant details.
Nit He's a nitwit     He's a stupid person. A foolish person.
Sand fly The flight of the eagle will not stop that of the sand fly. African   -
Scorpion Because we focused on the snake, we missed the scorpion. Egyptian   -
Scorpion Even the hand of compassion is stung when it strokes a scorpion. Persian   -
Scorpion God did not give wings to scorpions. Mexican   -
Scorpion He who has been stung by a scorpion is afraid of its shadow. Spanish   -
Scorpion Relations are scorpions. Tunisian   -
Scorpion The scorpion is sister to the snake.     -
Scorpion Two scorpions in a small cave are better than two sisters in the house. Arabic   -
Scorpion Two scorpions living in the same hole will get along better than two sisters in the same house. Arabian   -
Scorpion Under every stone sleeps a scorpion. Greek   -
Scorpion We keep an eye on the scorpion and the serpent, but we do not watch out for the millipede. Sicilian   -
Silkworm Don't feed a silkworm that's sleeping     Let sleeping dogs sleep
Spider A spider spins his web strand by strand.     -
Spider A spidery handwriting     Having thin long bent lines like a spider’s legs
Spider Big flies break the spider web. Italian   -
Spider Laws, like the spider's web, catch the fly and let the hawk go free. Spanish   -
Spider The spider and the fly can't make a deal. Jamaican   -
Spider The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings' palaces.   Bible: Proverbs 30:28 -
Spider The spiders web lets the rat escape and catches the fly. Spanish   -
Spider To destroy the cobweb, destroy the spider. Maltese   -
Spider When spiders unite, they can tie down a lion. Ethiopian   -
Spider When spiders' webs unite, they can tie up a lion. Ethiopian   -
Spider When the bee sucks, it makes honey; when the spider, poison.     -
Spider Where the girls are there are no spider's webs. Catalonian   -
Spider Words are like the spider's web: a shelter for the clever ones and a trap for the not-so-clever. Madagascar   -
Spider You must kill the spider to get rid of the cobweb. Maltese   -
Spider The Tragedy at Mini-Beastie Hall

In Beastington a family lived, who made a "Beasts R You,"
It was a section of a garden - well, a mini-beastie zoo.
  The little creatures all moved in and crawled around the wall,
  And the lovely name they gave their home was Mini-Beastie Hall.

"Let's throw a lovely party, if the family gives consent.
We'll plan a meal, arrange some games, get invitations sent."
  The news got round, the day arrived, guests came to "Beasts R You".
  What a really lovely place to live, it's exactly like a zoo."

A ladybird, a grasshopper, slugs and worms came too -
It was such a nice occasion and the party grew and grew.
  One brought his own computer - the spider's name was Fred.
  "I've had a lovely thought" he said "You can learn to surf the web."

"A computer's such an asset for your lovely little park
I'll teach you how to crawl the web - if you wait until it's dark!
  I don't want you to bug it, or to introduce a worm -
  I'll only teach you one by one - just wait and take your turn."

So, one by one they entered: "Just what can we achieve?" -
But a tragic thing then happened, for no-one seemed to leave.
  Mini Beastie Hall went quiet, there was no-one on the wall -
  Which was really not surprising - Fred had eaten one and all.

  Poems about insects and spiders by Josie Whitehead  
Termite A termite can do nothing to a stone but lick it. Sudanese   -
Termite Flowing water never goes bad; our door hubs never gather termites. China   -
Termite Flying termites fly into the fire     To act on impulse
Termite Small termites collapse the roof. African   -
Termite Termites live underground. Ethiopian   -
Tick A tick     An unpleasant or worthless person
Tick The camel carries the load, but it is the tick that complains. Moroccan   -
Tick Ticks, bedbugs and a crying child are insupportable. Lebanese   -
Tick You are like a tick in a dog's ear.     -
Tick I'm full as a tick on a fat dog!     Expression used in the US south after a full meal of chicken, fried steak, BBQ or whatever
Vinegar fly To be as small as a vinegar fly and want to shit like an elephant     Too big for your boots
Wasp A wasp stings the crying face. Japanese   -
Wasp Anger is as a stone cast into a wasp's nest. Proverb   -
Wasp For every grape a hundred wasps. Persian   -
Wasp From the same flower the bee extracts honey and the wasp gall.     -
Wasp He dreads a moth who has been stung by a wasp. Albanian   -
Wasp Let each person drive away his own wasps. Japanese   -
Wasp Sit on a wasp's nest and say 'God wills it!' Lebanese   -
Wasp The better the fruit, the more wasps to eat it. German   -
Wasp The fangs of the green snake and the sting of a wasp don't really make poison -- that is only to be found in a woman's heart. China   -
Wasp They are flies that are born of a wasp. Indonesian   -
Wasp Waspish     Bad tempered
Wasp Wasp-tailed     Very slim
Wasp Women are like wasps in their anger. English   -
Wasp Do not kill a single wasp; for then a hundred will come to its funeral. Russia    
Water beetle Crime leaves a trail like a water beetle; like a snail, it leaves its silver track; like a horse-mango, it leaves its smell. Malawi   -
Water insect The big fish eat the little fish, the little fish eat the water-insects, and the water-insects eat the weeds and mud. China   -
Weevil For every bean full of weevils God supplies a blind grocer. Arabic   -
Worm Do not lean on a worm-eaten staff. Greek   -
Worm Don't feed a silkworm that's sleeping     Let sleeping dogs sleep
Worm Even a worm will turn. Proverb   -
Worm Every cider apple has a worm.     -
Worm Every worm has its hole. Yiddish   -
Worm God gives every bird his worm, but he does not throw it into the nest. Swedish   -
Worm Never look for a worm in the apple of your eye. Proverb   -
Worm No apple tree is immune from worms. Russian   -
Worm Quiet worms will bore a hole in the wall. Japanese   -
Worm Salt will never be worm-eaten. Saudi Arabian   -
Worm Silent worms dig holes in the walls. Japanese   -
Worm Sorrow is to the soul what the worm is to wood. Turkish   -
Worm The early bird catches the early worm. Proverb   -
Worm The early bird catches the worm. Proverb   -
Worm The early bird gets the worm. American   -
Worm The most beautiful fig may contain a worm. Zulu   -
Worm The rose has its thorn, the peach its worm.     -
Worm We are all worms, but I do believe that I am a glow-worm.   Winston Churchill -
Worm What is good of a red apple if it has a worm.     -
Worm When the earth is hot, the worm stays in the ground. Native American   -
Worm With money, a dragon, without it, a worm. China   -
Worm Worms don't like the robin's song. Native American   -
Worm Worms eat you up dead and worries eat you up alive. Yiddish   -