Subject: Bee or Wasp?
Geographic location of the bug: Clanfield, Waterlooville
Time: 06:02 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: We have no idea it this was a bee, wasp or a hybrid of both? Please help
How you want your letter signed: Ella
This is neither a Bee nor a Wasp. It is a Fly, more specifically, a Hover Fly in the family Syrphidae. We believe it is Volucella zonaria based on images posted to NatureSpot where it states: “This is a hornet mimic and is one of our largest and most spectacular hoverflies which can be recognised by its yellow and black banded abdomen.” The site also states: “This species became established in Britain in the 1940s and has very much a southerly distribution with most records coming from south of a line from the Severn Estuary to The Wash, however it seems to be expanding its range” and “It seems to be found most frequently in urban areas and even in cities, and also along the south coast.” BugLife uses the common name Hornet Hoverfly and the Cornwall Wildlife Trust uses the common name Hornet Mimic Hoverfly.