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This hoverfly wants you to think that it is a bumblebee, and often succeeds! This one is variety plumata, which mimics white-tailed bumblebees, and there are other forms that are remarkably good impressionists of red-tailed and carder bumblebees.
The hoverfly is known to enter nests of bumblebees and wasps to lay its eggs, with the larvae feeding as scavengers in the nest, sometimes preying on the bee or wasp larvae as well.
Entomologist and biological recorder
Thats very interesting, thanks for that, fascinating stuff!
Gardening for Wildlife
Lat/Lng: 54.9, -5.2
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