Subject: Warble Fly ? Or ?
Location: Plymouth Devon UK
August 10, 2015 12:21 pm
Taken in Devon UK 10 August 2015
Signature: Jacko

Hoverfly:  Volucella inanis

Hoverfly: Volucella inanis

Dear Jacko,
Your Hoverfly is
Volucella inanis, and you can read more about it on the UK Diptera Index site.  According to UK Safari:  “These hoverflies resemble wasps for a very good reason.  The adults lay their eggs in wasp nests where the larvae feed on the larvae of the wasps.  The scientific name ‘inanis‘ is Latin for ‘inane’ or ’empty’.  Possibly a reference to the lack of stinging organ on this wasp-like insect.”

Location: Plymouth Devon, UK

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