Blind beetle

one of the insects apt to fly against people, esp. at night.
- Knight.

See also: Blind

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
"My God!" cried our client, "what a blind beetle I have been!"
What a blind beetle I have been, not to draw my conclusion."
Although a few scholars find the textual chaos and unexpected twists in Mrs Hughes's repertoire off-putting, she creates some magical imagery: a 'milk-white stag' is to be saddled; tears fall 'like lumps of salt'; 'blind beetles crawl' on yonder hill.
To test this, the researchers set up a runway with a hurdle: In one experiment normal tiger beetles (of the species Cicindela hirticollis) ran the track and negotiated the hurdle, tilting their bodies up when their antennae touched the hurdle; in a second experiment, the researchers painted over the beetles' eyes and found these blind beetles responded similarly.