Can someone please let me know what kind of bee the attached is please? I saw it yesterday and have never seen one like it before. I have been trying to look up bee identification sources but still can't find it. Can you help please?
this is a Hoverfly rather than a bee, hence your difficulty finding an id for it. I think it might be Volucella ianis, but I am sure someone will correct me if that's wrong... :-) There is a map of the distribution for it here.