narcissus bulb fly

noun

1
: a large yellow and black hairy syrphid fly (Merodon equestris) that resembles a small bumblebee, is native to Europe but now widespread in the U.S., and has a yellowish or whitish larva that bores in and destroys the bulbs of various plants (as narcissus, amaryllis, hyacinth)

called also greater bulb fly

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“Narcissus bulb fly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/narcissus%20bulb%20fly. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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