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Is it a bee? A hornet? Anyone know?

(11 Posts)
Bathsheba Wed 31-Jul-19 16:02:08

I just spotted this beauty in my garden - it was about 2.5 cm or more in length. Anyone know what it is? I’ve looked in my books and searched online but so far haven’t managed to identify it.

rockgran Wed 31-Jul-19 16:26:03

Volucella zonaria - a kind of hoverfly I think. I found it here
www.naturespot.org.uk/species/volucella-zonaria

Bathsheba Wed 31-Jul-19 16:57:23

Ah thanks rockgran - yes that’s the one. I take my hat off to your Googling skills 🥰

rockgran Wed 31-Jul-19 17:19:05

I googled beelike insects and bugs that look like bees. grin

Gonegirl Wed 31-Jul-19 18:30:43

And that is skill. grin

rockgran Wed 31-Jul-19 18:56:08

Thankyou!

Bathsheba Wed 31-Jul-19 19:35:15

See I googled 'bees, wasps and hornets' and got nowhere. Didn't occur to me to try beelike insects. Good thinking!

Daisymae Wed 31-Jul-19 19:43:47

Have seen hornets in recent years and they look like giant wasps. Not much danger of mistaking them. Never seen one of your huge hover flies though.

Auntieflo Wed 31-Jul-19 19:51:21

Bathsheba that sure is some flying bug!
I have never seen anything like that, and well done rockgran for getting an identification.

Bathsheba Wed 31-Jul-19 19:57:29

It is beautiful isn't Auntieflo? Because I wasn't sure what it was, whether it was aggressive, I made sure I stayed behind it to take the photo - didn't want to stand right in its flight path 😳

Hetty58 Wed 31-Jul-19 20:02:34

We get them here in the garden. The first time I saw one it really scared me!