- n. Plural form of bluebottle.
“It was hard to imagine such destructive ferocity in any creature, let alone one that was so small, but those bluebottles showed no intention of leaving the corpse alone while anything edible was left on the bones.”
“Four or five bluebottles were fighting over the last shreds of. flesh, darting in, teasing at the fat where the ears had been, pulling at the gristle as they flew away, but never going very far.”
“The science is still developing, though, Hall says, and his culture room contains several incubators holding specimens destined solely for research (a current project is the low-temperature development of bluebottles; flies that take a fortnight to mature in summer may, apparently, need up to three months in winter).”
“Most got the dates right, many got the names right, but just about every kid in my class talked about the heat, the fear, and the bluebottles–and Benjamin Franklin worrying about them being hauled off and hanged.”
“Their restlessness would cease as I described what it must have been like sitting in those brick and stone buildings, windows closed, air stuffy but at least the bluebottles were shut out trying to invent a government from scratch, because how could you make it work without a king?”
“One thing I feel is very different since coming to Japan is that the insect population is totally different from at home; there we had bees, flies and bluebottles, caterpillars and midges; in our garden now we have praying mantises, crickets, cicidas, big dragonflies, stink bugs, asian tiger mosquitoes (vicious wee black things that bring me out in big allergic bumps) and of course the occasional cockroach, although those do not last long.”
“It is too closely associated in my mind with paranoiac customers and dead bluebottles.”
“There was a flash of light, a small explosion and an embarrassing puff of purple smoke I told you not to eat so many bluebottles.”
“I always thought portuguese men of war and bluebottles were two differnt things with the pmow being much more dangerous.”
“After I woke up from my statistics stupor yesterday I realised I could have just looked Portuguese men of war up and they are bluebottles - I've never heard them called that in Australia, though!”
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