from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Any one of very many flies of the families Syrphidæ and Bombyliidæ which hover over flowers, rapidly vibrating their wings while searching for honey.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun any
insect, of the Syrphidae family, having wasp- like markings
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It is a problem which perplexes us still, when we are astonished and even deluded by the likeness between a wasp and a hover-fly, a merlin and a cuckoo.
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Many members of the hover-fly family (Syrphidae) have maggots with the tail-spiracles situated at the end of a prominent tubular process.