from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of numerous flies of the family Syrphidae, many of which have a form or coloration mimicking that of bees or wasps. Adult syrphids feed on the nectar and pollen of flowers while the larvae of various species feed on plants and aphids. Also called syrphus fly.
- adj. Of or belonging to the syrphids.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of or pertaining to flies of the genus Syrphus or the family Syrphidae.
- n. A fly of the genus Syrphus or the family Syrphidae.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to the Syrphidæ.
- n. A fly of the family Syrphidæ.
Like other members of the daisy family, marigolds also do their share in feeding nectar to beneficial insects, such as syrphid flies, who prey on aphids and other insects that attack garden plants.
A syrphid fly ( '' Eristalinus taeniops '') pollinating a Common Hawkweed
Regarding the insect that looked like a bee above: it is actually a syrphid fly that mimics the look of a bee.
Your second photo is not of a bee; it is a syrphid fly.
The birds and lady-beetles devour them bodily, the larvæ of the lace-wings and syrphid-flies extract their blood while the wasps live as internal parasites.
The principal enemies of the louse are certain small insect feeding birds, lady-beetles, syrphid-flies, lace-wings and tiny wasp parasites.
Among the best-known of syrphid flies are the drone-flies
Bees have nicely rounded abdomens; syrphid flies 'bellies are so thin they look squashed.
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You don't want to have snarky entomologists point out that your website about bees is prominently featuring …. a syrphid FLY.