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Volucella zonaria

 
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SteveB



Joined: 27 Jul 2008
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 27, 2008 9:10 pm    Post subject: Volucella zonaria Reply with quote

Photographed this today in Hertfordshire. I really did think it was a hornet to begin with. I found this webs site as I was trying to identify it. Hopefully I will have other observations to share in the future.

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Steve
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John O'Sullivan



Joined: 05 Oct 2005
Posts: 128
Location: Sandy, Bedfordshire, UK

PostPosted: Mon Jul 28, 2008 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice pic Steve; you had more luck than our friend BirderFirst - or me! My first zonaria of the year was last week, and a female like yours, but for some reason she would not come onto the sunlit blooms on the buddleia, and all my shots are blurry and dark like in the bad old days. After a poor year locally last year, this has already been a good one for this species up the road from you in Bedfordshire, with still some weeks of their normal season to go. With luck there should be more to see and photograph for many of us. Who's seen them further north this year, I wonder?

Hope you enjoy visiting this site often, and find plenty of good hoverflies.

John
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