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Can anyone put a name to this fly/robberfly?
Looked through loads of websites/books but nothing exactly like it.
Was on our butterfly netting yesterday up here in Moray.
Was a bit dopey and having difficulty taking off.
That's a gardening glove next to it so it was pretty big.
Only appeared to have the one orange antenna, had orange/yellow lower legs a black shiny body with a large white spot on its back.
It is one of the Cimbicid sawflies (note the clubbed antenne),
probably Cimbex femoratus (birch sawfly)
Brilliant, thanks Mike. Would never have thought of a Sawfly. Now we're on the lookout for the larvae on our Birches.