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What a strange looking bug. At first I thought it might be a hornet, but it doesn't look like any images I can find on the Net:
Posted at 05:54 AM in Close up and Macro Photography, Creepie Crawlies | Permalink
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Looks like some sort of fly (like the type that mimics wasps/bees/etc) perhaps? It's too large and multicellular for me to key out =P
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December 13, 2009 at 09:16 AM
Thanks. I'll stick it on the macro/micro site and see what they come up with. If you haven't seen the site before, take a look. There's some fantastic stuff on there:
December 13, 2009 at 03:25 PM
Yep, the lads came up with the answer straight away:
It's a hoverfly of the genus Volucella. Possibly V zonaria?
Yes, Volucella. There are several species in the UK:
I have seen a solitary Volucella a couple of times in my garden but they move around very quickly, from one plant to another (not pausing to hover), and I have yet to catch up with one with my camera ready.
Lovely capture- yes it's Volucella zonaria - male- just about the biggest hoverfly you get in the uk - upto 20mm body length.
Found out this year that apparently Volucella species are reliant on wasp nests for their grubs to scavenge in (ie the adults lay their eggs in wasps nests)
December 14, 2009 at 07:59 AM
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