Name: Hoverfly (Volucella bombylans)
Scientific name: Volucella bombylans
Nature Stars: 50
About: A common hoverfly found along hedgerows, in gardens and woodland. About 1.5cm long, with a rounded, very furry body, looking very similar to a bumblebee. Adults feed on nectar, the larvae live in bee and wasp nests where they are scavengers.
How to identify: Can be told from bumblebees bythe much bigger eyes and from other bumblebee mimic hoverflies, of which there are several, by the feathery antennae.
Fantastic fact: There are several different coloured varieties of this fly, mimicking several different species of bumblebee.
Photograph credit: Steven Falk