Phillip's picture

Wasp ID

Saw a bunch of these wasps in my garden today landing on the water skimming along and flying off again, even settling on the water for a minute. Thought they were a bit unusual with the white stripes on the back and the pattern on the behind (thorax is it?). I'm an amateur when it comes to insects so this could be a common one but I can't find one the same on the guides although maybe there is a lot of variation within species and I'm too hung up on details such as the white stripes. Anyway a positive ID would be much appreciated or it will bug me (no pun intended). Hope my image link works.



WilHeeney's picture


Hi, have you uploaded the photo onto this site? It may be worth doing. Er, the photo... its not a wasp but a hover-fly. Search British hover-flies in google and you'll find an image that matches so you have a starting point.

ophrys's picture


Look at Helophilus and you'll have a choice of 3...pendulus, hybridus and trivittatus. Not always easy, but could be the latter.


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