hov·​er·​fly | \ ˈhə-vər-ˌflī How to pronounce hoverfly (audio) , ˈhä- \

Definition of hoverfly

: any of a family (Syrphidae) of dipteran flies that are noted for frequenting flowers and hovering at one place in the air and include some whose larvae prey on plant lice

called also syrphid fly

Examples of hoverfly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web What’s more, some of the most important hoverfly species are migratory, so huge numbers can turn up and far outnumber honeybees at crucial times of the year. Stephanie Pain, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Mar. 2021 There have also been reports of great hoverfly migrations in the US, Nepal and Australia, suggesting that the phenomenon is widespread. Stephanie Pain, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Mar. 2021 Chiffchaffs and willow warblers sing in the sallow and alder, while every leaf seems to hold a butterfly or dragonfly or hoverfly. The Economist, 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of hoverfly

1881, in the meaning defined above

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“Hoverfly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hoverfly. Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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