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Jul 31, 2011 8:26 PM

unknown wasp or hornet?

I saw this insect today on the Dollypers Hill nature reserve, Surrey.


It was on chalk grassland mainly feeding on wild oregano/marjoram flowers.


Not the best picture - I know, as only its abdomen / wings are visible. It has a quite rounded / bulbous abdomen compared to common wasps. It wasn't furry so I thought it was more like a wasp than a bee.


My first thought while out walking was a hornet - however when I searched for pictures of hornets - it didn't seem to look like that either.


Thank you for any suggestions you can offer.

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    Aug 1, 2011 10:07 AM (in response to Tatterling)
    Re: unknown wasp or hornet?

    This is one of the volucellas, either Volucella zonaria or Volucella inanis, I would plump for the latter from what I can see - tantalizing isn't it.


    This group of large hoverflies are associated with the nests of social wasps where their larvae feed on the midden within the nest.

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