Subject: Black and gold wasp
Geographic location of the bug: North west England
Time: 05:45 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Please can you identify this insect? Very unusual but definitely real
How you want your letter signed: L W
Dear L W,
This is not a Wasp. It is a Hover Fly or Flower Fly in the family Syrphidae, and many of these harmless (don’t sting nor bite), beneficial pollinators effectively mimic stinging insects like Bees and Wasps. We believe your individual is a male (eyes close together) Epistrophe grossulariae which is pictured on the British Hoverflies site, though we cannot say for certain that species is correct.