Name: Hoverfly (Volucella zonaria)
Scientific name: Volucella zonaria
Nature Stars: 80
About: A big hoverfly, at almost 2cm long the largest in Britain. Mainly orangey-yellow on the abdomen, with dark bands and a dark brown thorax, this fly is an excellent Hornet mimic. Only a very rare visitor to the country as recently as the 1940s, in recent years it has become a common species in southern England and is still spreading northwards, perhaps as a result of the warmer climate.
How to identify: Our largest hoverfly. Told from the Hornet by the much larger eyes, broader body and no sting.
Where: Found in southern England and spreading north into the Midlands.
Fantastic fact: The larvae live inside Hornet nests, scavenging for scraps of food.
Photograph credit: Bramblejungle