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Syrphus fly

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syrphus fly

(Science: zoology) Any one of numerous species of dipterous flies of the genus Syrphus and allied genera. They are usually bright-coloured, with yellow bands, and hover around plants. The larvae feed upon plant lice, and are, therefore, very beneficial to agriculture.

Origin: NL. Syrphus, the generic name, fr. Gr, a kind of winged insect.