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4972 Views 1 Reply Last post: Sep 1, 2010 5:43 PM by Gill Stevens RSS
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Aug 24, 2010 2:25 PM

wasp/horsefly/bee identification

P8242637.JPGI caught this insect dozing on the inside roof of my conservatory, I thought it was a wasp but I've not ever seen any this big before so maybe it's something else. it's an inch long and it's wings are definitely more fly like but I can't find any images of a anything like it with the yellow between it's eyes - is it a wasp or horsefly or something else? Any suggestions please?P8242638.JPGP8242632.JPG
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    Sep 1, 2010 5:43 PM (in response to khaskings)
    Re: wasp/horsefly/bee identification
    Your excellent pictures are of the hoverfly Volucella zonaria. It's a large species of hoverfly with a wingspan of around 45mm and it does a great impression of a hornet. Hoverflies are true flies rather than bees or wasps, and are harmless.
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