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Jul 24, 2013 1:47 PM

large wasp type insect?

I photographed this insect in my garden a few days ago - its about 2.5cm long.   I have not been able to find anything similar on the web, can anyone identify it please?

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    Jul 24, 2013 1:58 PM (in response to Ferrett)
    Re: large wasp type insect?

    This is the Banded Hoverfly, aka the Hornet Mimic Hoverfly, Volucella zonaria (Diptera: family Syrphidae) and one of the largest hoverflies occurring in Britain and is most frequent in south east England. It was fairly rare in the UK until about 50 years ago, but has steadily increased in numbers since and is now quite a common garden species. Because of its size and colouration, it can be mistaken for a hornet, but it is harmless, being unable to bite or sting. Females lay their eggs in the nests of social wasps, where the larvae mainly feed as scavengers but will also feed on the host larvae and pupae.

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