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Hornet Mimic Hoverfly

Volucella zonaria


I almost mistook this huge hoverfly for a Large Earth Bumblebee at the first look! I could also be a Volucella elegans, but I don't know how to distinguish both species.

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PedroNicolau 8 years ago

Thank you, Lauren.

Hmmm I'd say this one sounded, in fact, like a Hornet... But I can't be sure.
Are they 2 different species?

LaurenZarate 8 years ago

The Syrphid that mimics the Honey Bee also mimics the wing beat, making it sound like a Honey Bee to potential predators. Did this one sound like a Bumble Bee or a Hornet?

LaurenZarate 8 years ago

Beautiful! Great series.

PedroNicolau 8 years ago

Not only cool, but it was also huge!!!

mendes.madalena 8 years ago

how cool

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Centro, Portugal

Spotted on Aug 11, 2013
Submitted on Aug 11, 2013

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