MartynJohnston's picture

Very Large Wasp.

Observed: 10th August 2007 By: MartynJohnston
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My neighbour killed it, than asked me what it was.
It looks like a surprisingly large and fat wasp. Even though it's head is bent back in the photo, it was still over 19mm long.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which a hoverfly (Volucella zonaria) interacts


Dioctria's picture

A hoverfly

One of our largest hoverflies, completely harmless despite its wasp-like appearance. See the comment on this page for more information.


Kluut's picture


In all probability a hover-fly, but not one that I can easily find in any book here. Certainly not a wasp (or bee).

MartynJohnston's picture

I'm not too sure it's a

I'm not too sure it's a Volucella Zonaria. This creature has a very pronounced 'waist' between the thorax and the abdomen. Pictures I've seen of the hoverfly don't have that. Also this one has a very much fatter abdomen than any wasp or hoverfly that I've seen.

Martin Harvey's picture


As Dioctria says, this is one of our largest hoverflies, and it all looks good for Volucella zonaria to me. Although hoverflies don't usually have the 'wasp-waist', the are still divided into head, thorax and abdomen, and I think the fact that this one is damaged is making it appear to have more of a waist than when alive.

In fact, if you look at vburton's observation of zonaria (the first of the "other observations" given above), you can see that there is a bit of a waist on the live individuals.

Entomologist and biological recorder