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Volucella sp.

 
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Birderfirst



Joined: 22 Sep 2006
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2007 7:08 pm    Post subject: Volucella sp. Reply with quote

Today in my Northants garden I noticed a 'super large' hoverfly - it looked like a huge hornet. My camera was already on the side in the kitchen and I dashed down to the buddleia and managed a couple of shots before it tore off with a loud buzz!

It was not much later in the year in 2006 that I had V. zonaria and I thought that this was a return of the sp., but I just would like to have confirmation that it is not V. inanis.
Can I thank any respondants in advance for their help.

I am picking up a copy of 'British Hoverflies' this weekend, hope my i.d. skills improve!


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Mick Parker



Joined: 21 Sep 2005
Posts: 26
Location: Weymouth

PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2007 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Birderfirst,
Yes, it is V zonaria,
If you can add a Grid Ref? then I am sure
that the record would be useful,
All the best, Mick
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Roger K.A. Morris



Joined: 06 Nov 2005
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2007 7:08 pm    Post subject: Volucella zonaria Reply with quote

Hi

Just to follow up on Mick's comment - this is a good record - we'd like a grid ref as this species is gradually spreading northwards.

Regards

Roger
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