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bee fly

n.
Any of various flies of the family Bombyliidae that resemble bees, feed on nectar and pollen, and have larvae that are parasitic on the eggs and larvae of bees, wasps, and other insects.

bee fly

n
(Animals) any hairy beelike nectar-eating dipterous fly of the family Bombyliidae, whose larvae are parasitic on those of bees and related insects

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n.
any of numerous dipterous insects of the family Bombyliidae, some of which resemble bees.
[1850–55, Amer.]
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Noun1.bee fly - hairy nectar-eating fly that resembles a beebee fly - hairy nectar-eating fly that resembles a bee; larvae are parasitic on larvae of bees and related insects
fly - two-winged insects characterized by active flight
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Afterwards, he explained that the queen bee flies the nest once a new queen hatches from the egg it has laid.
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