bee fly


Definition of bee fly

: any of a family (Bombyliidae) of dipteran flies many of which resemble bees

Examples of bee fly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After each correct choice, the bee flies back to the hive on its own, to offload its sweet reward. Quanta Magazine, "Secrets of Math From the Bee Whisperer," 22 Jan. 2020 In order to get some quality footage of bees flying, researchers temporarily blocked access to their hive. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Studying Bees Could Make Drones Turn Better," 21 Nov. 2018 And on long summer days, when the hives are busy with bees flying in and out to forage, Mack is cautious. New York Times, "With a Sniff and a Signal, These Dogs Hunt Down Threats to Bees," 3 July 2018 During a speech for Prince Charles' 70th birthday celebration, Prince Harry was interrupted by a bee flying around his head. Lauren Landrum, CNN, "Must-watch videos of the week," 25 May 2018 Over 20,000 species of bees fly the Earth, with unique bodies and strategies for collecting pollen. Matt Simon, WIRED, "This Robotic Pollinator Is Like a Huge Bee With Wheels and an Arm," 23 May 2018 As there could be some 20,000 bees flying, some means of tracking them is required. The Economist, "A new app listens to the problems of bees," 28 Mar. 2018 During one particular moment, a solitary bee flies over to Dayveon and stings him in a carnal close-up, and then—as nature would have it—subsequently dies. Tonja Renée Stidhum, The Root, "The #MeToo Movement Won’t Kill Any Sexy Movies in Hollywood, Because You Know What’s Sexy? Consent," 15 Jan. 2018 Some local beekeepers found the sight of red bees flying in the sunset strangely beautiful. Junot Díaz, The New Yorker, "The Maraschino Mogul’s Secret Life," 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of bee fly

1751, in the meaning defined above

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“Bee fly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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