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Observed: 5th October 2011 By: Caroline Sebastian

Buff coloured, semi transparent skin (you can see the innards when they move. there is a dark dot on the bottom end. I thought this may be the anus. Lots of little frond like things around the edge. They look like legs but are not used as such. I found these in my utility. They were motionless when I found them. I put them in a tray and, after a short time they became active. I want to know fairly urgently what they are so that I can put them in the right place before they starve to death. Many thanks in advance.

    Likely ID
    Hoverfly (Volucella species)
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
    ID agreements (): 4 People
    • Matt Smith
      Amateur Entomologists' SocietyBees, Wasps and Ants Recording SocietyDipterists ForumPeople's Trust for Endangered SpeciesTachinid Recording Scheme
      Invertebrates expert
    • brucambrucam’s reputation in Invertebrates
    • DavidNotton
      Natural History MuseumNatural History Museum
      Invertebrates expert
    • Darren J. Mann
      British Entomological and Natural History SocietyOxford University Museum of Natural History
      Invertebrates expert
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Refugee's picture


They may be some kind of pupa or lava that is looking for a winter retreat. They are likely to hatch into something that you may have seen many times.


Caroline Sebastian's picture

Thank you Richard Jones.

Thank you Richard Jones. That makes sense as I had a wasps nest in the roof of the utility destroyed the other week. And one day I found a wasp fighting with and killing what looked like a hornet in that room. The wasp was half the size of the 'hornet'. I think you are definitely right.