Friday, 30 September 2011

Hornet mimic

At least 4 gorgeous red admirals on the flowering ivy this afternoon when we returned to T's house at Felixstowe.  When I went for a closer look I spotted a very large hoverfly with a yellow face which was also feeding busily.

Volucella zonaria

Volucella zonaria

This is Volucella zonaria, the hornet mimic hoverfly, another species of insect which has become more common recently.  The adults are migratory, very large, and resemble hornets in their yellow and brown colouring.

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