A squat, hairy fly resembling a bee, that hovers to feed from flowers using its long tongue. Its larvae typically parasitize other insects, especially bees and wasps.
Family Bombyllidae: many genera‘Bee flies favour warm, and sunny localities’
- ‘I most often see bee flies hovering around flowers, or if resting, usually on the ground, on bare soil.’
- ‘A bee fly is nectaring on the blossom.’
bee fly/bē flī/ /bi flaɪ/
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