Hornet mimic hoverfly

Last update: 2 January 2019

A frequent visitor of the garden in the summer months is this very large hoverfly Hornet mimic hoverfly (Volucella zonaria)[1, 2].

Hornet mimic hoverfly
(Volucella zonaria)

As its name suggests this hoverfly resembles a Hornet wasp and is among others recognizable by the shiny red-brown thorax and the black 2nd sternite.

The Hornet mimic hoverfly has a black 2ndsternite


1 Reemer, M., W. Renema, W. van Steenis, Th. Zeegers, A. Barendregt, J.T. Smit, M.P. van Veen, J. van Steenis, L.J.J.M. van der Leij, 2009. De Nederlandse zweefvliegen (Diptera: Syrphidae). - Nederlandse Fauna 8. Leiden. Nationaal Natuurhistorisch Museum Naturalis, KNNV Uitgeverij, European Invertebrate Survey - Nederland.

2 André Schulten, februari 2014, "Fotogids ZWEEFVLIEGEN Versie 2.0"

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