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Any of numerous flies of the family Syrphidae, most of which resemble bees or wasps in form and coloration. Adult syrphids feed on the nectar and pollen of flowers, and the larvae of many species feed on aphids. Also called flower fly, hover fly.

[From New Latin Syrphidae, family name, from Syrphus, type genus, from Greek surphos, gnat.]

syr′phid adj.
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(Animals) any dipterous fly of the family Syrphidae, typically having a coloration mimicking that of certain bees and wasps: includes the hover flies
[C19: from Greek surphos gnat]
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(ˈsɜr fɪd)

also syr•phi•an

(-fi ən)

n. adj.
2. belonging or pertaining to the family Syrphidae.
[1890–95; < New Latin Syrphidae family name < Greek sýrphos gnat]
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In studying pollination of Raphanus raphanistrum, Kay (1976) found that syrphids (Eristalis spp.) consistently favored one floral morph in four study sites and showed no preference in a fifth.
Bio-control agents like spiders, syrphids and coccinellid species are commonly present in the environment.
Aphid populations declined at the beginning of July as a result of three factors: (1) heavy predation by Coccinellids, Chrysopids, and Syrphids; (2) dispersal; and (3) deterioration in plant quality associated with host plant development, which caused a decrease in the rates of reproduction and survival of the aphids (see Aphid life history, above, for details).
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Howard continued to collect syrphids and study under eminent Ohio State Professors, such as Donald Borrer, Dwight Delong, and Charles Triplehorn.
Ants and syrphids spent the same amount of time per visit on both pseudo flowers and flowers (Table 2).
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(29.5) All 24.4 (1) For caged controls, if aphid densities peaked in middle of trial and then collapsed due to effects on plant quality, increase is calculated using the peak value rather than the final value, to correct for loss of plant quality (2) Outcomes at growers #2 and #6 were mostly due to syrphids that naturally invaded the greenhouse.
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