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Any one of numerous species of dipterous flies of the genus Syrphus and allied genera. They are usually bright-colored, with yellow bands, and hover around plants. The larvae feed upon plant lice, and are, therefore, very beneficial to agriculture.
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Webster, Noah. Entry for 'Syrphus Fly'. Noah Webster's American Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/web/s/syrphus-fly.html. 1828.