Hornet Mimic Hoverfly

Hornet Mimic HoverflyHornet Mimic Hoverfly

Latin name: Volucella zonaria

One of Britain’s largest hover flies and a spectacular hornet mimic, it is harmless, having no sting. It was established in Britain in the 1940s with a mainly southern distribution, although it is now moving north. It is commonly found from May to October in gardens and flowery places and the larvae have been found in wasp nests where they do no damage but exist amicably on scraps and detritus.