Hoverfly - Volucella plumata
Fact File
Taken at Strumshaw Fen on 26th June 2016 using Panasonic Lumix LX5
in macro mode.
 

 
 
Hoverfly - Volucella_Plumata.
Scientific Name:
Order:
Family:
Volucella Bombylans. Variant Volucella Plumata.
Diptera.
Syrphidae.
Larval Food:

Habitat:
Flies/Found:
Feature:
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 (Vbombylans) and the other with a white tail (V. plumata).