Observations in the Species: Volucella bombylans

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Hoverfly

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By: Lloyd9632Lloyd9632’s reputation in InvertebratesLloyd9632’s reputation in InvertebratesLloyd9632’s reputation in InvertebratesLloyd9632’s reputation in InvertebratesLloyd9632’s reputation in Invertebrates
Location: Rerouted Road
Observed: 24th May 2017
Added: 24th May 2017
Identifications:1
Agreements:3
Comments:0
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Hoverfly

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Location: Trill Bridge, Gillingham
Observed: 22nd May 2017
Added: 22nd May 2017
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
Comments:0
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Diptera for ID

Diptera for ID
By: LA Devon
Location: Lynton
Observed: 22nd May 2017
Added: 22nd May 2017
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
Comments:0
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Volucella bombylans, hoverfly

2P7A1594
By: Nev WrightNev Wright’s reputation in InvertebratesNev Wright’s reputation in InvertebratesNev Wright’s reputation in InvertebratesNev Wright’s reputation in Invertebrates
Location: Drumburgh Moss NNR
Observed: 30th July 2016
Added: 31st July 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
Comments:0
Description:

Large hoverfly, plumose arista, re-entrant cross-vein

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Fly

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By: Paul Lund
Location: Linford Lakes Milton Keynes
Observed: 25th June 2016
Added: 31st July 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
Comments:0
Description:

Fly

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Bee or Hover?

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Location: Attenborough Nature Reserve
Observed: 9th July 2016
Added: 13th July 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:4
Comments:1
Description:

Former gravel pits.

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Hoverfly

(Volucella bombylans) (1)
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Location: Barrow Common, Brancaster, Norfolk
Observed: 6th July 2016
Added: 7th July 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:0
Comments:0
Description:

Sorry the pictures are so bad, but it was difficult to photograph. Initially I thought it was a bumblebee, except it did not have the correct patterning of any of the common bumblebees and the wings are not dark enough to be a cuckoo. Most noticeable was a very white furry abdomen and a general compact shape to the insect. Having previously seen the red-tailed mimic of Volucella bombylans this looked very similar and hence my ID of the white-tailed morph.

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Hoverfly

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Location: Rerouted Road
Observed: 3rd July 2016
Added: 3rd July 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
Comments:0
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Hoverfly, V. bombylans

2P7A0706
By: Nev WrightNev Wright’s reputation in InvertebratesNev Wright’s reputation in InvertebratesNev Wright’s reputation in InvertebratesNev Wright’s reputation in Invertebrates
Location: Altrincham Sewage Works Area
Observed: 26th June 2016
Added: 26th June 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:5
Comments:0
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Hoverfly

Volucella bombylans (5)
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Location: Sedgeford, Norfolk
Observed: 24th June 2016
Added: 26th June 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
Comments:0
Description:

Looks like a red-tailed bumble bee, until you look closer. Also flight different

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?buff tailed bee?

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By: mrpostmanpetemrpostmanpete’s reputation in Invertebratesmrpostmanpete’s reputation in Invertebrates
Location: hwcp
Observed: 24th June 2016
Added: 24th June 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:0
Comments:0
Description:

Bee on bramble

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Which Bee?

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Location: Forest path Thetford Forest
Observed: 22nd June 2016
Added: 22nd June 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
Comments:0
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Hoverfly

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Location: Rerouted Road
Observed: 21st June 2016
Added: 21st June 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:3
Comments:0
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2 forms of Volucella bombylans

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Location: Firsby Nature Reserve
Observed: 19th June 2016
Added: 20th June 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:4
Comments:0
Description:

Two Bee mimic Hoverflies resting in close proximity to each other one the Red-tailed form the other White-tailed.

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Bee or Hoverfly

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By: mattstanton
Location: Leswell Lane, kidderminster
Observed: 5th June 2016
Added: 16th June 2016
Identifications:3
Agreements:0
Comments:5
Description:

What kind of bee are they. Are they the same species? they were together the whole time I observed them.

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Bee-mimic hoverfly - take 2

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Location: Benson
Observed: 14th June 2016
Added: 14th June 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
Comments:0
Description:

Feeding on umbellifer flowers by the river

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Bee-mimic hoverfly

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Location: Benson
Observed: 14th June 2016
Added: 14th June 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
Comments:0
Description:

Striking likeness to a White-tailed Bumblebee - at least initially.

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Hoverfly (Volucella bombylans)

Hoverfly (Volucella bombylans)
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Location: colchester
Observed: 11th June 2016
Added: 12th June 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:3
Comments:0
Description:

one off shot of a large bee

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Hoverfly

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Location: Rerouted Road
Observed: 10th June 2016
Added: 10th June 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
Comments:0
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Hoverfly

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Location: Trill Bridge, Gillingham
Observed: 9th June 2016
Added: 10th June 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
Comments:0
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Bumble-bee mimic

Volucella bombylans BHH
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Location: Barnack Hill & Holes
Observed: 3rd June 2016
Added: 3rd June 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
Comments:2
Description:

One of not many invertebrates braving the elements after a miserable, chilly, wet and windy spell.

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(Volucella bombylans subsp. plumata)

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Location: A708 Scottish Borders
Observed: 15th August 2015
Added: 8th October 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
Comments:1
Description:

The extent of yellow, especially on the face, suggest this variant.

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Hoverfly

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Location: Andrew's Wood, Nr Loddiswell, Devon
Observed: 12th August 2015
Added: 13th August 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
Comments:0
Description:

A hoverfly that looks a bit like a bumblebee

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Bumblebee mimic

2P7A3133
By: Nev WrightNev Wright’s reputation in InvertebratesNev Wright’s reputation in InvertebratesNev Wright’s reputation in InvertebratesNev Wright’s reputation in Invertebrates
Location: Banky Meadow
Observed: 12th July 2015
Added: 12th July 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:3
Comments:0
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Volucella Bombylans

EK3A8909
By: colinlamondcolinlamond’s reputation in Invertebratescolinlamond’s reputation in Invertebratescolinlamond’s reputation in Invertebratescolinlamond’s reputation in Invertebrates
Location: Mutter's Moor
Observed: 5th July 2015
Added: 11th July 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:3
Comments:0
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Fly species

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By: lizzy25lizzy25’s reputation in Invertebrates
Location: Berwick-upon-Tweed
Observed: 29th June 2015
Added: 8th July 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
Comments:0
Description:

This appears to be a fly imitating a Bombus lapidarius with a basically black body with a red tip to the abdomen.

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Volucella bombylans, Tunstall Hills, Sunderland

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Location: Tunstall Hills, Sunderland
Observed: 28th June 2015
Added: 1st July 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
Comments:1
Description:

A large hoverfly that is an extraordinary bumblebee mimic, imitating Garden Bumble Bee (Bombus hortorum). Observed nectaring on bramble flowers. Note large furry body, white tail and black wing markings which help to distinguish from other bumblebee mimics, particularly Merodon equestris.

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Volucella Bombylans

EK3A6791
By: colinlamondcolinlamond’s reputation in Invertebratescolinlamond’s reputation in Invertebratescolinlamond’s reputation in Invertebratescolinlamond’s reputation in Invertebrates
Location: Cranborne Mill Lane
Observed: 24th June 2015
Added: 26th June 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
Comments:0
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volucella bombylans

EK3A5985
By: colinlamondcolinlamond’s reputation in Invertebratescolinlamond’s reputation in Invertebratescolinlamond’s reputation in Invertebratescolinlamond’s reputation in Invertebrates
Location: Cashmoor Down
Observed: 18th June 2015
Added: 20th June 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
Comments:0
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Bumblee Bee Mimic

EK3A5912
By: colinlamondcolinlamond’s reputation in Invertebratescolinlamond’s reputation in Invertebratescolinlamond’s reputation in Invertebratescolinlamond’s reputation in Invertebrates
Location: Cashmoor Down
Observed: 18th June 2015
Added: 19th June 2015
Identifications:2
Agreements:2
Comments:1
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