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Dry ice

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When I first saw this I thought it might be a hornet moth, after a little research, I am sure it is not, it is about an inch long, and too fat for a hornet.
it is a nectar feeder.
 

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honeym

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Hi
You are quite correct, it's neither a Hornet or a Hornet Clearwing. It only has two pairs of wings. It is Volucella zonaria, one of our larger hoverflies.
Martin
 

Dry ice

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Hi
You are quite correct, it's neither a Hornet or a Hornet Clearwing. It only has two pairs of wings. It is Volucella zonaria, one of our larger hoverflies.
Martin

Thank you for your prompt id. I have to say it had not occurred to me that it is a hoverfly, because of it's size. I have never seen one of these before, despite being a compulsive buddleia watcher! What a fantastic insect!
 

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