Entry from British & World English dictionary
noun (plural hoverflies)
A fly which frequently hovers motionless in the air and feeds on the nectar of flowers. Most hoverflies are black and yellow, patterned to mimic various bees and wasps.
- Family Syrphidae: numerous genera and species
- Many insects, such as ground beetles, hoverflies and ladybirds, can keep pests under control - but not if they've been destroyed by chemical sprays.
- These will encourage bees and hoverflies to visit, pollinating the flowers and controlling any aphids present.
- Recently many of us have begun to plant flowers in the vegetable garden to deter pests by attracting beneficial insects such as ladybirds and hoverflies.
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