Synonyms of 'Flies'
antlion or antlion flyaphid or plant louseaphisany of various aphids constituting the genus Aphis, such as the blackfly apple blight or American blightan aphid, Eriosoma lanigera, that is covered with a powdery waxy secretion and infests apple trees bee flyany hairy beelike nectar-eating dipterous fly of the family Bombyliidae, whose larvae are parasitic on those of bees and related insects beetfly or mangold flya muscid fly, Pegomyia hyoscyami: a common pest of beets and mangel-wurzels blackfly or bean aphida black aphid, Aphis fabae, that infests beans, sugar beet, and other plants blowfly, bluebottle, or (Austral. informal) blowiebotflybuffalo gnat or black flyany small blackish stout-bodied dipterous fly of the family Simuliidae, which sucks the blood of man, mammals, and birds bulb flya hoverfly, the larvae of which live in bulbs and can become serious pests, esp the yellow and black narcissus bulb fly (Meridon equestris) bushflycarrot flychalcid or chalcid flycluster flya dipterous fly, Pollenia rudis, that tends to gather in large numbers in attics in the autumn: family Calliphoridae. The larvae are parasitic in earthworms crane fly or (Brit.) daddy-longlegsany dipterous fly of the family Tipulidae, having long legs, slender wings, and a narrow body damselflydobsonflydragonfly or (colloquial) devil's darning-needledrosophila, fruit fly, or vinegar flyany small dipterous fly of the genus Drosophila, esp D. melanogaster, a species widely used in laboratory genetics studies: family Drosophilidae. They feed on plant sap, decaying fruit, etc flythe horizontal weighted arm of a fly press frit flyfruit flyany small dipterous fly of the family Trypetidae, which feed on and lay their eggs in plant tissues gadflyany of various large dipterous flies, esp the horsefly, that annoy livestock by sucking their blood gallflygnatany of various small fragile biting dipterous insects of the suborder Nematocera, esp Culex pipiens (common gnat), which abounds near stagnant water grannoma widespread caddis fly, Brachycentrus subnubilus, the larvae of which attach their cases to vegetation under running water and are esteemed as a bait by anglers green blowfly or (Austral. informal) blue-arsed flygreenbottlea common dipterous fly, Lucilia caesar, that has a dark greenish body with a metallic lustre and lays its eggs in carrion: family Calliphoridae greenflya greenish aphid commonly occurring as a pest on garden and crop plants horsefly or clegany large stout-bodied dipterous fly of the family Tabanidae, the females of which suck the blood of mammals, esp horses, cattle, and man houseflya common dipterous fly, Musca domestica, that frequents human habitations, spreads disease, and lays its eggs in carrion, decaying vegetables, etc: family Muscidae hover flylacewingany of various neuropterous insects, esp any of the families Chrysopidae (green lacewings) and Hemerobiidae (brown lacewings), having lacy wings and preying on aphids and similar pests lantern flymayfly or dayflyan artificial fly resembling this Mediterranean fruit fly or Medflya species of dipterous fly, Ceratitis capitata, having marbled wings, whose maggots tunnel into fruits such as citrus, peach, and vine in the Mediterranean area, South Africa, and elsewhere: family Trypetidae needle flya small stonefly of the genus Leuctra, whose rolled-up wings at rest give it a slender pointed appearance onion flyrobber fly, bee killer, or assassin flysandflyscorpion flyscrewworm flysilverhornsnake flystable flya blood-sucking muscid fly, Stomoxys calcitrans, that attacks man and domestic animals stoneflytachina flyany bristly fly of the dipterous family Tachinidae, the larvae of which live parasitically in caterpillars, beetles, hymenopterans, and other insects tsetse fly or tzetze flyvinegar flywarble flywhiteflywillow flya stonefly, Leuctra geniculata, of the English chalk streams, esteemed by trout and therefore by anglers ▷ See fly
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Word List of Flies from the Collins English Word Lists