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Jul 31, 2010 7:47 PM

Massive Fly found near wasp nest?

What is this fly? I have seen 2 of them over the last couple of days hanging out near the wasp's nest in the side of our house. They are huge!

Thanks.

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    Aug 1, 2010 9:42 AM (in response to LauraMcM)
    Re: Massive Fly found near wasp nest?

    This is the Banded hoverfly, Volucella  zonaria (Diptera: family Syrphidae). This isjust about the largest hover-fly 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. Becauseof 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 mainlyfeed as scavengers but will also feed on the host larvae and pupae, which is the reason they are hanging around your wasp nests.

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