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Hoverfly Belted Hoverfly (Hornet Mimic)

Volucella zonaria - Photo  Copyright 2008 Janet Bowen


Latin name:
Volucella zonaria

Size: Wingspan approximately 45mm.

Distribution:
Found mainly in the southern half of Britain.

Months seen: May to October.

Habitat: Gardens and flowery places.

Food: Nectar.

Special features: Volucella  zonaria is a large hoverfly which does a great impression of a hornet.

The thorax is brown and the abdomen is yellow with two thick black stripes.

This is a harmless insect with no sting. It's thought the larvae live inside wasp's nests.



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