Definition of bee fly in English:

bee fly


  • 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/