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Right thanks a very good mimic
It is a good mimic, and in fact this species comes in various different colour forms that imitate different species of bumblebee. One of the ways of checking whether it is a bee or a hoverfly is that hoverflies have much shorter antennae than bees do.
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When this first was posted my immediate thought was "Criorhina", but I wasn't sure if the photo showed enough detail to separate the two species. A bit more digging today revealed that Criorhina berberina has orange antennae like this fly, while Meredon has black antennae.
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Well done Matt, I hadn't spotted that.
Lat/Lng: 55.1, -1.7
OS grid ref: NZ2385