Definition of drone fly in English:

drone fly


  • A hoverfly that resembles a honeybee. Its larva is the rat-tailed maggot.

    Eristalis tenax, family Syrphidae

    • ‘Rat-tailed maggots are the larvae of the drone fly and, in order to pupate the larvae, look for a dry place and start migrating.’
    • ‘The most common impostors are the syrphid flies: nectar-loving hover flies, drone flies and more.’
    • ‘The drone fly was introduced into North America sometime prior to 1874.’