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Hornet Mimic Hoverfly

Volucella zonaria (a hoverfly) - female, photographed 14 July 2010 by B Crowley

Volucella zonaria (a hoverfly) – female, photographed 14 July 2010 by B Crowley

 

Volucella zonaria (a hoverfly) - female, photographed 14 July 2010 by B Crowley

Volucella zonaria (a hoverfly) – female, photographed 14 July 2010 by B Crowley

Volucella zonaria – a hoverfly (Female, 14 July 2010)

Sometimes called the Hornet Mimic Hoverfly, this is a very large and visually striking fly, and they can be quite intimidating when they venture indoors. This one had a body length of 18 mm and its large over-extending wings made it look much bigger. It is however quite harmless. Its larvae are ectoparasites on the larvae of social wasps (though some sources suggest that they predate on the wasp larvae).


Group: Insects
Order: Diptera
Family: Syrphidae
Species: Volucella zonaria
Author: B Crowley
Location: Lower Radley

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