Bzerka's picture

Wasps nest invader

Observed: 16th July 2011 By: Bzerka
Giant Wotsit
Description:

I would describe this creature as giant sized. At first I thought it was a Hornet, a closer look made me realise it was something i'd never seen before.Interestingly,we have a wasps nest in our garden, and I watched it fly from spot to spot getting nearer the nest until it landed just below the entrance. I watched single wasps come and go out of the hole when suddenly,to my surprise three wasps returned at the same time and the 'giant' with a show of speed that it hadn't shown before and in a way that looked quite sinister, followed them into the entrance. I waited awhile, but saw nothing else. The wasps continued to come and go as normal.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which a hoverfly (Volucella zonaria) interacts

Comments

DavidNotton's picture

Scavenger

The larvae of these hoverflies are scavengers in the nests of social wasps, hence this female was entering the nest to lay its eggs.

Bzerka's picture

Well you live and learn.

Well you live and learn. I only knew of the tiny wasp like Hoverfly. Volucella zonaria it definitely was. Here is a link to a better picture.

http://www.radleyvillage.org.uk/ourvillage/natural_history/images/Hoverf...

An ultra speedy and accurate response.

Thank you.