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Large Fly

Observed: 24th August 2011 By: NaTuReNaTuRe’s reputation in InvertebratesNaTuRe’s reputation in InvertebratesNaTuRe’s reputation in Invertebrates
Large Fly
Description:

Large fly at least 3x the size of a honey bee or common hoverfly. ~4cm in length.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Hoverfly (Volucella zonaria) interacts

Comments

Refugee's picture

Big

That sounds a bit big for anything i have seen?
What flower was it feeding on?
I would like to look up the flower and compare it with the size of that in order to confirm that it really it 4cm long.

Refugee

Wildlife Ranger's picture

In the Zone

Its a Whopper :-)

Volucella zonaria also called the hornet mimic hoverfly CAN be up to 45 mm if it is the Wing Span that is being referred to

Its a good point you make always cite whether it is Wingspan or Body Length etc however these are immensily difficult to evaluate in the Field It is on the Buddleja Bush

HTH

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Refugee's picture

I have worked it out

Those Buddleja flowers can get to a good 6.5cm so yes is is a large fly. The hornet mimics i know of are Sawflies. I was just a bit surprised!

Refugee