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Volucella zonaria

 
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Peter Follett



Joined: 08 Aug 2006
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Location: Dorking

PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2007 7:09 am    Post subject: Volucella zonaria Reply with quote

Two further males of this species seen on flowers of Hebe onthe 31st July at Holmwood Surrey. Migrants or residents?
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Tony White



Joined: 12 Mar 2006
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Location: Byfield, Northants

PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2007 5:45 pm    Post subject: Volucella zonaria Reply with quote

Hello Peter,

I know of no evidence that V. zonaria is a migratory species in the sense that you mean it. Certainly the area in which your specimens occur is well with its pre-1980's range; however this very striking insect - which I take to be a Hornet mimic - has been steadily increasing its range over the last couple of decades or so and is now turning up regularly in the English midlands and even beyond. This dreadful July may have been a setback where it is on the edge of its range; we must wait and see.

Tony White
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Peter Follett



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2007 6:04 am    Post subject: Volucella zonaria Reply with quote

Hello Tony,
I only wondered about the migratory habits of this species as I have never seen it here in Dorking, or indeed anywhere back in the late eighties in Essex where I recorded intensively for 3 years. Thank you for your comments, and await with interest what the yearly results bring.

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