|The female lays its eggs in the nests of
bumblebees and wasps. Larvae feed on nest debris and occasionally bee
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).