Definition of drone fly in English:

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drone fly


A hoverfly that resembles a honeybee. Its larva is the rat-tailed maggot.
  • Eristalis tenax, family Syrphidae
Example sentences
  • 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.
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