VOLUCELLA ZONARIA, Largest Hoverfly in Britain. Ready for take off!

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VOLUCELLA ZONARIA, Largest Hoverfly in Britain

Verrall (1901) only knew of two specimens, and until about 1940 it was regarded as a rare vagrant to the south coast of England, and greatly prized by collectors. Then, during the 1940s, it began to become established in the London area and is now quite frequent, especially in the outer suburbs and in northern Kent. Its distribution elsewhere is remarkably similar to that of V. inanis, with a few scattered records along the south coast from Kent to Cornwall and also in the Bristol area. Records outside the London area seem to be increasingly frequent, so it is possibly spreading.

Well it has reached the West Midlands!

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Comments (2)

David Brown Photogra… on August 24, 2012

A hornet mimic no less. Nice one Peter - we have hover flies here and I have often tried to get a picture of one in front of my lens.

I'll be sure to let you know when I do...

Jethro

pedrocut on August 25, 2012

Hi Jethro

A mimic, if had known what it was I would have got closer!

All the best Peter

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  • Uploaded on August 19, 2012
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    by pedrocut
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot SX30 IS
    • Taken on 2012/08/18 09:02:11
    • Exposure: 0.017s (1/60)
    • Focal Length: 15.61mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO160
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash

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