|The female lays its eggs in the nests of bumblebees and wasps. Larvae feed on nest debris and occasionally bee larvae.
Hedgerows, woodland margins and urban wasteland.
May - September.
This hoverfly is an excellent mimic of a bumblebee. There are two main varieties which mimic different species of bumblebee, one with an orange-red tail (V. bombylans) and the other with a white tail (V. plumata).