Fly, (fr. mouche): this generic name when standing alone is probably intended to represent the common house-fly. Other flies will be found under the headings respectively of gadfly, silkworm-fly, and butterfly. Flies and bees, however, seem to be much confused in heraldic drawing. See also Beetles.
Azure, three flies or--Geoffrey de MUSCHAMP, Bishop of Lichfield and Coventry, 1108-1298.
Per chevron sable and argent, in chief two flies of the second--LAMBERBY.
Argent, a chevron between three flies sable--MUSKEHAM.
Ermine, a leopard rampant regardant, and in chief three flies volant proper--PEARCE, Bp. of Bangor, 1742, afterwards of Rochester, 1756-74.
The French coats of arms add to the list the demoiselle and the cousin, that is, the dragon-fly and the the gnat.