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Stripy insect

Observed: 5th July 2012 By: Lucy CorranderLucy Corrander’s reputation in InvertebratesLucy Corrander’s reputation in InvertebratesLucy Corrander’s reputation in Invertebrates
                         Bee or Wasp or Hoverfly on a Cotoneaster
Description:

About two centimetres long, dense colours, a buzz but not a loud one. Big eyes. Shiny, lumpy back. Long wings with a yellow tinge along the upper half and the kind of pattern on them used in drawings of fairies. On the flowers of a cotoneaster.
It's eyes cover most of its head, as if it's an extra large hover fly and it doesn't seem to have a wasp waist - but isn't is a bit big (and long) for a bee!? (The angle at which this photo was taken suggests it's squatter than it is - it was impressively long rather than round. Quite a dramatic creature.)

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Species with which Volucella zonaria interacts