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Volucella zonaria in Chester

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 8:59 am    Post subject: Volucella zonaria in Chester Reply with quote

I probably wouldn’t have given it a second thought if my bed-time reading in recent weeks hadn’t been “Wonderland – A Year of Britain’s Wildlife Day by Day” (Brett Westwood & Stephen Moss), but the big fly with the bright yellow mask immediately grabbed my attention when it settled beside me on our garden bench. It only stayed a few seconds, but looking back through the book to the entry for 20th July, and subsequent Googling, confirmed it to be a Hornet Hoverfly (Volucella zonaria) and, incidentally, led me to your website.

As far as I can tell most sightings are across the South of England plus a few in the Midlands, so initially I thought Chester might be at the northern limit of reported sightings, but then I came across JKL’s posting on 18/08/2017 in Bebbington, a few miles north of here.

I’ve read your notes on recording an observation, but can’t quite workout how to go about it, so I’ll put the information here:-
Species Volucella zonaria (Hornet Hoverfly)
Date of Observation 17/08/2017 17:05
Grid Ref. SJ415682
Location CH2 1PF
Vice-County VC58 Cheshire
Determiner’s Name Peter Ludgate
Other info. Alighted for a few seconds on arm of garden bench
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