Location: My home in West Yorkshire UK
August 19, 2016 8:24 am
I found this fly in the house and only after “disposing” of it did I notice the white band around it’s body and the wing markings.. I’ve looked in my small book but found no record of it. I’m assuming it’s not a rarity but just wondered if you guys knew the species.
Signature: Joe Lyman
This is a Hover Fly, , which we identified on British Hoverflies. According to Nature Spot: “Sometimes called the Pellucid Hoverfly, this is one of the largest flies in Britain. It has a striking ivory-white band across its middle and large dark spots on its wings.” Nature Spot also states: “Its larvae live in the nests of social wasps and bumblebees, eating waste products and the bee larvae.” According to UK Safari: “The Pellucid Hoverfly can be found in most wooded areas in the UK. It’s shape and size are very bumblebee-like. The name ‘pellucid’ literally means translucently clear, and if you catch this hoverfly in a certain light you can see right through its middle. The other popular common name for this hoverfly is the ‘Great Pied Hoverfly’ on account of its black and white colouring. ” According to Opal Westmidlands: “V. pellucens is by far the most common species of the genus and widely distributed across the UK.”
Wow… Cheers for a comprehensive identification..
Thanks and regards Joe