On "Whitmonday," Bloom thinks in Calypso, "That bee or bluebottle here" (. . . did something or other). In Lestrygonians the reader learns what it did: "Still I got to know that young Dixon who dressed that sting for me in the Mater." Bloom was stung in the garden area behind his house on May 23.

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A bluebottle fly, Calliphora vomitoria, photographed by Jens Buurgaard Nielsen. Source: Wikimedia Commons.