A swarm of hungry blood-sucking flies settled upon him.
From the Shevardino Redoubt where Napoleon was standing the fleches were two thirds of a mile away, and it was more than a mile as the crow flies to Borodino, so that Napoleon could not see what was happening there, especially as the smoke mingling with the mist hid the whole locality.
He keeps feeding them his flies, and the number of the latter is becoming sensibly diminished, although he has used half his food in attracting more flies from outside to his room.
Those that do remain, however, are well fed, for he still brings in the flies by tempting them with his food.
My friend has now a whole colony of sparrows, and his flies and spiders are almost obliterated.
I was not unprepared for this request, for I had noticed how his pets went on increasing in size and vivacity, but I did not care that his pretty family of tame sparrows should be wiped out in the same manner as the flies and spiders.
He gave many flies to one spider and many spiders to one bird, and then wanted a cat to eat the many birds.
Breakfast, for the first five minutes, was a silent meal; then Miss Polly, her disapproving eyes following the airy wings of two flies darting here and there over the table, said sternly:
Why, I didn't suppose flies could carry such a lot of things on their feet, and--"
The feitan favez, or devil's horse, looks at a distance like a man dressed in feathers; it walks with abundance of majesty, till it finds itself pursued, and then takes wing, and flies away.
And the willow-wren summoned everything which flew in the air, not only birds, large and small, but midges, and hornets, bees and flies had to come.
On average, the normal flies in this study lived for 47 days.