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Hover fly (volucella pellucens)

Observed: 24th July 2009 By: squirrelsquirrel’s reputation in Invertebratessquirrel’s reputation in Invertebratessquirrel’s reputation in Invertebratessquirrel’s reputation in Invertebrates
Hover fly (volucella pellucens) (1)
Hover fly (volucella pellucens) (2)
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hoverfly

I think I'm right in saying that the combination of a 2-coloured black and white abdomen with large black patches on the wings is diagnostic of this species. I expect Martin Harvey will confirm if I'm right.

Bob Ford

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similar species

Yes, I'd agree this is a distinctive species. Volucella inflata is a similar size and shape but has an orange band across the abdomen instead of white.

The other one that's similar is Leucozona lucorum, which has a similar white band across the abdomen amd also a similar black marking on the wing, but is a bit smaller, has differing wing venation, doesn't have the yellow shading at the base of the wing, and does have some yellow on the legs.

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