One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A squat, hairy bee-like fly that hovers to feed from flowers using its long tongue. Its larvae typically parasitize other insects, especially bees and wasps.
Family "Bombyllidae": many genera
- ‘Bee flies favour warm, and sunny localities’
- ‘I most often see bee flies hovering around flowers, or if resting, usually on the ground, on bare soil.’
- ‘A bee fly is nectaring on the blossom.’
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