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Sep 3, 2011 11:57 AM

Can you identify this Wasp/Bee please?

This creature was aprox 3cm long. I've trawled the net for images and can't find anything similar. Any help would be appreciated.
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    Sep 3, 2011 1:53 PM (in response to whitecab)
    Re: Can you identify this Wasp/Bee please?

    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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