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Mating Volucella

Observed: 18th June 2012 By: grant burleighgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Description:

There was a third Volucella present (image3) which I think may be a female. My recollection is of the mating hoverflies landing from the air already paired, so mating competition is not necessarily involved.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

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Volucella

I have still not definitively seen Volucella bombylans on our Reserve and have previously wondered if it is competed out of nesting sites by cuckoo bumblebees or other species of Volucella. Do numbers of V. pellucens and V. bombylans tend to correlate inversely in national records?

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Volucella

Roger Morris is the one to answer this. Both species are seen regularly on most of the sites I visit, though, so they seem to co-exist OK.

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