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Dave Ayling



Joined: 26 Aug 2008
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2008 6:56 pm    Post subject: Confirmation Please Reply with quote

I think this is a female Volucella Inanis found in my Somerset garden this morning. I know very little about hoverflies and would appreciate confirmation of Id.
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David Leverton



Joined: 27 Aug 2008
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Location: Vale of Glamorgan

PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2008 5:07 pm    Post subject: Not confirmation as such, but... Reply with quote

Hi Dave

I'm new to this too but am actually 99% certain it's a female Volucella zonaria, having spent an hour or more today looking at one in the garden, near Cardiff - perhaps yours just flew straight across the Bristol Channel...! I first saw one twelve days ago and had no idea previously that monsters like these existed. Fortunately, found a recent magazine pullout (by Stuart Ball and Roger Morris from this site) with details on the different Volucella species: apparently V. inanis is the one species most likely to be confused with zonaria, but that has brightly yellow abdominal bands compared to the deeper chestnut and golden ones on yours, and the shiny chestnut thorax you can see in your picture would be much less colourful.

Here's mine from earlier today:
http://www.hoverfly.org.uk/album_page.php?pic_id=368

while here's someone else's inanis from the galleries:
http://www.hoverfly.org.uk/album_page.php?pic_id=237

The zonaria seems to be a special sight, as they're new to our neck of the woods - apparently they are pushing up out of the southeast as summers get warmer and winters milder, so their spread (and that of inanis) is a potentially important indicator of climate change; certainly none have been recorded around my way before, which is quite a nice feeling!

Hope that helps... Smile

Dave
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Roger K.A. Morris



Joined: 06 Nov 2005
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2008 9:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello

The photo is indeed V. zonaria

Can we have the records please - Cardiff is a new locality and new records from Somerset are always welcome

- for all hovers in all places

Regards

Roger
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