hoverfly

noun hov·er·fly \ ˈhə-vər-ˌflī , ˈhä- \
|Updated on: 11 Jul 2018

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

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