bee fly


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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

bee′ fly`


n.
any of numerous dipterous insects of the family Bombyliidae, some of which resemble bees.
[1850–55, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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Gustave watched the bee fly away, dizzy with nectar.
In the end, I let the greedy bee fly away, despite feeling certain that it would return to sting me.