: 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 alsosyrphid fly
Examples of hoverfly in a Sentence
Recent Examples on the WebWhat’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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